Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 8/9/12
NEW YORK (AP) -- With time running out on NHL labor talks, commissioner Gary Bettman cautioned Thursday that the league is prepared to lock out its players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, when the current deal expires. "Time is running short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this collective bargaining agreement for another season, so we need to get to making a deal and doing it soon," Bettman said after the two sides met at the league headquarters. When asked if Sept. 15 is a hard deadline, Bettman said, "Our efforts are going to be devoted to trying to make a deal." He then reiterated his previous statement that owners aren't prepared to operate under the current system. Saying a "wide gap" still existed between the two sides on numerous issues, Bettman added the potential for a lockout is something the NHL Players' Association has been aware of for much of the past year. NHLPA executive director Don Fehr referred to the split...
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