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In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, NHL hockey commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, in New York.
In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, NHL hockey commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, in New York.
(Mary Altaffer/AP)

DAVID SHOALTS

A soft cap, with a tax, would solve NHL lockout

With the cancellation of regular-season NHL games certain after labour negotiations broke off again Tuesday, there is no doubt this will be a long winter for hockey fans.

And for what? By their own admission, the owners enjoyed record revenue of $3.3-billion (all currency U.S.) last season. But they cannot agree with the players, or among themselves, for that matter, about how to divide that money and at the same time fix a lingering problem: Only 10 to 12 teams make scads of money while the rest make a little, break even or lose millions, depending on their accounting.