Puck on Owners' Side of Ice Now

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If we have not watched a lot of hockey this laborious fall, we have at least become far more learned in the ways of collective bargaining.

Today's post-work beer is consumed amid conversation of decertification and disclaim of interest, not goals and assists; today a hockey writer's road trip to New York comes sans puck and morning skate. Instead it is spent wearing a groove in one's Blackberry while trying (and eventually succeeding) at locating where the event is that you've been sent here to cover.

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