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Bettman calls on GMs

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

The 30 National Hockey League general managers will be the next significant group to meet as the lockout enters its 65th day.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has summoned the GMs to New York on Dec. 2 for a day long meeting for what's being described as an informal update on bargaining. The GMs have not had a direct role in the talks, at least not publically, even though many have experience from the 103-day dispute in 1994-95.

During yesterday's press conference for the Worldstars tour, Ottawa Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek said the players' resolve is not shaken.

"If the NHL keeps talking about a cap, we can cancel the season probably today because there's no chance to play this year or maybe next year," Hasek said. "Unfortunately I have to say that. I would love to play hockey again, but unfortunately it's not possible right now."

HE IS OLIE, I AM DOMI

Tie Domi confirms there is a deal on the table for him and Leafs captain Mats Sundin to play for Djurgarden, the Stockholm-based team of the Swedish Elite League in the New Year.

"They want him and I, but there's no way I'd go if there's a chance we'll play hockey here this year," Domi said. "They wanted me to go now, but I'll wait. I'd have to get by talking Swedish for weeks.

"We'll know soon. If things don't get rolling soon, the season is going to be a wash anyway. I didn't have plans to go to Europe, but if there is no season, I have to look at opportunities over there.

"If (there's no season), it would be a sad time, but it's something everyone should have been prepared for in their back of their minds."

Sundin is in Spain on a golfing holiday at present, but will soon return to begin training for next month's IMG tour.


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