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Good news (sort of): NHL only cancels games to Nov. 1

Oct 19, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

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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…

  1. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Cancel them all. See ya next year. Just not as a paying customer. NHL remember your place a distant 4th in major sports.
    Finally on TV again making money and another lockout. Beat it Bettman.

    • sohanaadi - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      I simply got paid $6784 operating off my laptop computer this month. And if you think that that is cool, my single friend has twin toddlers and remodeled $9k her 1st month. It feels therefore smart creating most cash once others have to be compelled to work for therefore much less. this can be what I do,

      • islesjb - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM


    • superross - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      How can anyone disagree with Danny. I couldn’t agree with you more!

  2. bleed4philly - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Stick a fork in the season, it’s done, not happening! (reverse jinx?)

    • Eberwizzle - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      They’ll be back in January….50 game season will be more exciting anyway as there are too many meaningless games in hockey anyway

  3. id4joey - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Ha! The PR machine is in turbo mode. Right blomfeld?

    • blomfeld - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      That’s right friend ! The PR “Hogwash” machine is running “full bore” and firing “beautifully” on all eight cylinders, leaving all the confused sheep in it’s wake, completely “baffled and bewildered”. Well cheer up friends, as our stage performance is now getting close to the final dramatic scene, where the villain (owners) will get theirs, thanks to the brave and noble efforts of the hero (Fehr) on behalf of the victims (players) … “all will be well” and the audience (hockey fans) will go home happy in the end ! :)

  4. capesouth - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Man, people are so hot and cold on this. 3 days ago, it was ‘ya, there is going to be a season!’ and now it is ‘see you next year, they’re done!’ It’s called negotiating, people. They went from being on different planets to agreeing to 50/50 split (depending on other aspects of the CBA) and trying to meet a deadline in order to get a full season in. There is still a ways to go but that is called progress, whether people want to acknowledge it or not. Control yourselves! Look at it from a bird’s eye view in stead of reacting to every ‘breaking’ story.

    • ron05342 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Who is negotiating?

      They drop off their relative proposal and ditch the room. That is not negotiating, capesouth…negotiating is sitting across from each other for hours on end getting sick of each other’s faces and finally compromising just so they can get out of the damn room.

      And if they did that, we would be watching hockey already.

      • id4joey - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Q: Will the NHL come back with a new proposal after rejecting the PAs three counter proposals?

  5. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    I says see ya next year as in I’m not buying tickets, reg season or playoffs. And I hope a lot of other people do the same. The only people who really lose in the end are fans who support their teams. Their all still rich and get richer off our hard earned money. Simply tired of them already. Like 2 women bickering.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    And I also never thought for a second the owners proposal would be accepted and a full season begin in 2 weeks. My bet is 50-60 game season

  7. richc111 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I agree with Danny. The reality is all of these guys are rich, owners and players, I am not talking about the guy at the end of the bench. The average salary for the team with the lowest payroll in 2011 was 1.3M with the average salary for the highest paid team was 3.1M. ,and who are they all getting their money from? US! It is like this in every major sport now. They have to increase revenues ( get more money out of us!) so everyone can make more in the future. I just wish somehow fans could have a seat at this table. After all that is what they are fighting over is our money. There is no other way to state it!

  8. gatorjr - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    They priced me out of purchasing tickets years ago. I’ve been forced to accept a cut in my pay… Why can’t all of them?

  9. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Tell my wife that.

  10. cspsrbums - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    I’ve been furloughed and no raises for 3 years also had my insurance premium go from 80/20 to 75/25 and the rich bastards are whining over spilt milk that we bought.Stop toying with us and just cancel the season. I will watch on tv next year but won’t purchase a a damn thing for a long time if ever Let’s go KHL on ESPN I hope the NHL collapses

  11. heatwave954 - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    So you’re saying there’s a chance…

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