The NHL labor war is crawling toward a conclusion, but no one knows whether the ending will put the players back on the ice. Or just ice the season.
Optimists say the stalemate will come into focus after the players' vote on dissolving the union is finalized Thursday. The results may not be known until Friday, and the players would have until Jan. 2 to file the "disclaimer of interest."
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