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Sunday Hockey Notes

Finally, thaw detected in icy NHL labor relations

After a couple of weeks of virtual radio silence, NHL owners on Thursday tossed a few more bones the players’ way, hoping that an enhanced offer — one still with a $300 million “make whole’’ provision — would entice labor back to its Original 30 ice-making plants.

As of Saturday night, the players were mulling details of the 300-page offer, with Don Fehr and the NHL Players Association trading calls with league bosses. The players’ mood appeared to be something better than, “Hell no, we won’t play!” At least that was the case headed into Sunday, when the sides might return to the bargaining table.

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