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Report: Bettman will address owners regarding lockout on Sept. 13

2012 NHL Awards - Red Carpet

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman arrives before the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Perhaps a Sept. 13 Board of Governors’ meeting is the “real” deadline for a lockout.’s Tim Panaccio quotes a “league source” who claims that Gary Bettman will address the Board of Governors on that date to “re-affirm” that the owners are on board for a work stoppage.

After a series of steady (if divisive meetings) dominated the last couple months, the NHLPA and owners said that they don’t currently have a plan to meet up again.

Maybe something will change in the next week-plus, but if not, hockey fans might get the bad news a couple days earlier than many expected.