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by Paul on 07/21/05 at 07:09 PM ET
Peace in our time." The late, not-so-great, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain knew nothing from hockey but his words certainly ring true on the NHL front today. Pending the obvious certification of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Friday by league owners, hockey's worst Civil War is over. This was made official on Thursday afternoon when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his NHLPA counterpart Bob Goodenow shared the dais to reveal that more than 85 percent of the union members approved the new CBA. "We now can move forward together," said Bettman, "and move our sport to new heights." Reviled by many for his negotiating tactics, Goodenow described the process as "long and challenging." Nevertheless he showed a commitment to peace on the big-league hockey front by adding, "We are fully committed to the new deal and are optimistic to get to work." How intense the recriminations and bitterness experienced in the days and months ahead are difficult to discern. Questions about Goodenow's future as NHLPA boss were diffused during a question-and-answer period.
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