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The NHL (No Hockey League) stalls again near CBA finish line

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with the media

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with the media at a press conference announcing the start of the NHL season at the Westin Times Square in New York. (Jan. 9, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

I should've known better.

After staying up all night at the Sofitel Hotel last Saturday night, thought this Saturday would be a breeze: Players end voting at 8 a.m.---we were told---sides finish up and sign of on memo of understanding, release schedules and camps open Sunday

Sounds easy,  especially since NHL BOG ratified deal on Wednesday afternoon.

I should've known better.

Nothing has been done on time in this business bumbling, from being unable to forge a deal before losing hundreds of millions of dollars and alienating fans and sponsors, to inking the last document.

Should've known better.  It's 10:10 p.m. Players ratified CBA, with only 12 dissidents voting against, hours and hours ago.

Nothing happening.

Nonetheless, in Newsday, you will read a NYR training camp preview tomorrow (maybe it will still open for physicals), five questions for the team, and maybe, just maybe, a schedule.  Well, you'll at least have a schedule on the web, if all the t's are crossed at a reasonable hour. 

Should've known better.

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