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Players-Owners Talks Pivot, Turn Up Ice

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With some second-guessing floating around and one strange report claiming the lockout was nearly over,  the NHL owners and players met Tuesday in New York City — minus their lead negotiators — for what some believed was a last ditch effort to revive the CBA talks and save the season. On Wednesday, the Board of Governors meets and it had been expected it would set a doomsday timetable, establishing a date after which even an abbreviated schedule would not be played.

But, for the first time in these negotiations, Tuesday’s session yielded some signs of cautious optimism.

In a very brief joint press conference...

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