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by Paul on 07/21/05 at 12:00 AM ET
The NHL's players yesterday sat through a detailed explanation of the new collective-bargaining agreement, which will be presented for ratification today. Most of the 200-plus players who arrived here for the ratification process were already resigned to the reality of the salary cap-based deal and the general feeling was it would be passed overwhelmingly. "The fact that guys want to play will make it unanimous," Islanders captain Michael Peca said. Peca joined Islanders player reps Adrian Aucoin and Mark Parrish, and past teammates Steve Webb and Garth Snow at the meeting. The Rangers were represented by Darius Kasparaitis, Tom Poti and Kevin Weekes. "So far it seems like guys are excited at the prospect that we might be playing hockey again," Aucoin said during a break in a 10-hour meeting. "I know I am." Players will begin voting in the morning and those who did not make the trip will cast their vote via the NHLPA's Web site. The result should be known by mid-afternoon. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was scheduled to appear at a 5 p.m. news conference today with NHLPA leaders -- including executive director Bob Goodenow -- to announce the players' approval.
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