Oct 19, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT
The NHL isn’t ready to give up on the possibility of playing a full 82-game season.
Not publicly at least.
According to TSN, the league is expected today to cancel games up to Nov. 1 – which may sound like bad news (and it’s not awesome news), but it also leaves open the potential for a full season to start on Nov. 2.
[Update: It's official -- 135 regular-season games canceled, from Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.]
There’s been speculation that a large chunk of games could be canceled as the NHL and NHLPA continue to argue over terms of a new CBA.
Such a drastic move, in addition to sending a message to the players, would allow those owners who also own or control their arenas to book alternative events (concerts, etc.) to ease the loss of hockey-related revenue.
But apparently we’re not there yet.
Take it away, Lloyd Christmas…
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