If there is one thing we have learned in the 18 years of his reign as NHL commissioner, it's that Gary Bettman does not like to lose.

Twice already, the NHL has locked out players in search of more favorable economic terms for owners. They are now 16 days away from doing it again, when the current bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Rest assured, the puck will not drop on any NHL season unless all 30 owners are receiving a larger share of the revenue pie at the players' expense.


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