NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, arrives to speak with reporters after an NHL Board of Governors meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in New York. The NHL and NHL Players' Association have cleared their schedules with progress being made in collective bargaining talks. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, arrives to speak with reporters after an NHL Board of Governors meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in New York.  The NHL and NHL Players' Association have cleared their schedules with progress being made in collective bargaining talks. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, arrives to speak with reporters after an NHL Board of Governors meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in New York. The NHL and NHL Players' Association have cleared their schedules with progress being made in collective bargaining talks. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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