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(PhatzRadio / AP) — NEW YORK – The Los Angeles Kings have the Stanley Cup. The Minnesota Wild won the free-agent sweepstakes by landing their $98 million stars, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. And Rick Nash is now in the Big Apple. A dramatic spring and an eventful summer have given the NHL plenty of buzz. But ever so slowly, an uncertain autumn looms. Commissioner Gary Bettman’s league faces the possibility of being the next sport to endure a labor dispute — what would be its third in less than two decades — and there is growing concern that talks over a new collective bargaining agreement are stagnating. The league and the players’ union have been meeting for weeks and still — nothing. “The last thing (we) need to do is have some kind of a work stoppage, because we’ve made great strides with the positive spin hockey’s had,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said. “I think the years coming out of the (2004-05) lockout, we got a lot of the fan base back, a lot of positive energy. Mix that wit
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