Flames Owner Could Be Deal Maker

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As the lockout continues through November, and a number of owners are locked on a 50-50 deal with the players, the role of Murray Edwards has been little noticed. It is possible he could emerge as a key broker, much like his forebear with the Flames, Harley Hotchkiss.

Hotchkiss, who died last year, was league chairman for a dozen years, 1995 to 2007. Hotchkiss helped end the last lockout, after he forged a bond with Trevor Linden, president of the NHL Players’ Association, which was part of what finally led to a deal.

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