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Monday's Dump & Chase: Are Owners Feeling the Heat?

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Is the pressure beginning to rise, perhaps, on the NHL ownership front? Agent Allen Walsh, always a vocal and unapologetic advocate for the players' side during the CBA negotiations, used his Twitter feed yesterday to highlight the differences between NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owner of one of the league's hallmark franchises - James Dolan of the New York Rangers. It will take more than just one disgruntled owner to force Bettman's hand, however. As profiled in this morning's notes, he has set up a system whereby a small, highly trusted group can basically dominate the proceedings...

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