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Bettman says don't expect big news from owners meeting

NEW YORK -- The NHL's board of governors is set to meet this afternoon, with representatives of all 30 teams gathering in Manhattan just a few blocks from where more than 250 players and members of the NHL Players' Association are stationed.

While the players are expected to respond to Wednesday's collective bargaining agreement proposal made by the league, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says don't expect much from ownership's side, at least as it pertains to their meeting.

Bettman said the group gathers every September and, since they haven't met since June, the meeting is more of an update than a policy chat.

"If people are expecting dramatic news at [today's] board meeting, in advance I'll take down expectations and disappoint you," Bettman said. "I don't expect anything dramatic happening."

The board meeting, being just two days before the expiration of the CBA, was originally thought to be a gathering in which the owners would formally tell Bettman they approve of a lockout. Bettman, though, said Wednesday he already has the authority to order a lockout when the CBA expires at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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