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Can A Deal Be Made?

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss the latest CBA talk...

LEBRUN: On the buyouts, I think the NHL decided it was willing to go to two instead of one per team as a way to help sell its case that the Year 2 cap can stay at $60 million. Having teams able to buy out two players instead of one player next summer, neither counting against the cap, will further help those teams that need to squeeze the payroll under the $60-million limit. But whether this issue and all the other remaining issues get resolved over the next 24-48 hours is impossible to predict. I do sense some aggravation from the players I spoke with Thursday. One player told me this thing is in a fragile state, despite the fact the two sides have gotten so close. It would not surprise me at all if we have one last blow-up and we have to come back here next week ahead of the Jan. 11 deadline for the final push in talks. But I sure hope not. Enough is enough. Get it done today.


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