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Oilers, Flames players say lockout is illegal

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By Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Lawyers for players on the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are trying to have the NHL lockout declared illegal under Alberta law.

The NHL has argued before the Alberta Labour Relations Board that a league spanning two countries cannot operate under different laws for each team.

The league's lawyers also told the board it's inappropriate to apply the Alberta Labour Code to the province's two teams.

The league contends that players from the Oilers and Flames have never had their own union to bargain for them. That job belongs to the NHL Players' Association, which represents all 30 teams.

The lockout began last weekend and some players are already signing with European teams for the season.

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