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12-30-2012, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by charliolemieux View Post
Balsillie pissed Bettman off, and imo Gary made it his personal mission to keep Balsillie out of the NHL as a matter of principle.
Bettman is in another lock-out.

Apparently, the owners have told him to do his job and get an agreement.

I would think some powerful owners are interested in a league that doesn't resort to lock-outs and lost seasons every time they have to negotiate with the product.

The 197475 season saw another change to its playoff system to accommodate the league of 18 teams, twelve of which qualified for the playoffs. The top team from each division would earn a bye to the quarterfinal, while the second- and third-place teams from each division started their playoff run from a best-of-three preliminary round.
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