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Report: NHL will cancel games through Dec. 30 (Update: it’s official)

Dec 10, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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The fact that the NHL will cancel more games is a given. They have already scrapped all contests through Dec. 14, but even if the lockout ended today, the league wouldn’t be able to get everything ready for a season opener on Saturday.

So really the only question has been when the NHL will announce further cancelations and how many games will be eliminated this time.

Well, it looks like the NHL will report today (yep, it did) that all games through Dec. 30 are gone, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

A total of 526 regular-season games—42.8 percent of the season—were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Dec. 30. In addition to that, the 2013 Winter Classic and All-Star Game have long since been scrapped.

While the news of further cancelations is never good, the silver lining is that the NHL has reportedly elected to only eliminate two weeks and thus preserve the possibility of a New Year’s Eve or early January start to the 2012-13 campaign.

The NHL and union are looking to resume the CBA negotiations this week following Thursday’s meltdown.

  1. capesouth - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I’ll watch hockey no matter what, because I love it, but starting to hope the season is cancelled soon and damage is maximized. Nobody on either side seems to realize that, despite the fact they are the decision-makers, hockey doesn’t just ‘belong’ to them. It is somewhat of a publicly owned asset. Initially, it is up to both sides to have it out by way of the negotiation process, independent of this third party (the fans, communities, etc). We are well past that point now though because it has become a completely ridiculous situation. They need to start making major concessions, with this third party in mind, just to get the game back on the ice or cancel the second season in eight years and see how that works out. This was never that complicated of an issue but the people involved made it complicated by being selfish, arrogant, and emotional. They forget about everyone else.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      perfectly put. i’m on your boat.

    • therealjr - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      There is plenty of other hockey to be watched, but you are going to herd right back to the NHL like a sheep, don’t expect them to start acknowledging anyone else.

      • capesouth - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Hence the statement, “I’ll watch hockey no matter what…” That means the NHL, when it comes back.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        let’s be fair though…. what other hockey has the theatrics that the NHL has? I live in Norfolk, VA, huge Ads fan. I love going to their games every week, love following them (although I wish we could get our team back from Syracuse)… but it just doesn’t cut it having 5k mildly-interested fans instead of 20k crazed ones. OV said the same about the KHL, the (debatably) next best league in the world. Nowhere near the excitement level.

        you can watch NHL for the entertainment when it comes back without supporting any of these fools, or being a “sheep.” everybody forgets that cable companies don’t have magical powers to know what everybody is watching to determine ratings. unless you have a special arrangement with the ratings companies, you aren’t counted toward TV ratings.

      • withseidelinn - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        I’m pretty sure 99.9% of hockey fans will watch the NHL again after this lockout, even if the entire season is cancelled. Just because people go back to watching the NHL doesn’t mean they’re “herding back like sheep”. The NHL is an extremely entertaining product for most people who visit this site, and I find it highly unlikely that some fans will be able to never ever watch games again, simply because they were pissed off or offended in some way by this lockout. Doesn’t make sense to me that returning to watch NHL games and put money into the products offered is a negative thing.

    • trick9 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      True fan would never hope the season to be cancelled. I mean sure i want both league and the players for suffer because thats what they are doing to the fans right now.

      I don’t want season cancelled because im still hopeful there will be games this season, and if the season is cancelled then there is very big chance that next season won’t start in time either.

    • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      A shortened season will help many families that rely on NHL hockey to make ends meet. Be it a small business owner, or a parent working extra hours. Forget about the players and owners is fine, but don’t forget about those families mentioned above. You wrote, “starting to hope the season is cancelled soon and damage is maximized” and “people involved made it complicated by being selfish, arrogant, and emotional”. Are you not being selfish, arrogant, and emotional?

      • capesouth - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Let’s be honest. You missed the point.

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        The point was that YOU are fed up, and because you are fed they should cancel the games to maximize the damage. Perhaps you shoud learn how to make points, before asserting that others have missed your lack of points.

      • capesouth - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Wrong again. You failed to read into my initial comment thoroughly. I mention the NHLPA and owners need to acknowledge EVERYONE ELSE, besides themselves, who make the league float. The term ‘everyone else’ clearly includes everyone you mentioned but somehow I am being arrogant? The point is they need to more heavily weigh their decisions on how this is effecting everyone else because doing so should lead to a solution. What they are doing now is only considering themselves, selfishly. Where has that led us? Nowhere, because it’s Dec. 10 and they’re still locked out. You bring up families, jobs, starving children and puppies. Obviously, everyone supports them but the reality is the season is only a short while away from being bagged. That is the reality of the situation and the PA/owners are the ones to blame. If they’re willing to shoot themselves in the foot, so be it. I think you need to step off the ivory tower. Nobody is against families and jobs.

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        capesouth, you wrote “starting to hope the season is cancelled soon and damage is maximized”. If you didn’t mean it, then that’s fine, but don’t write what you don’t mean.

      • capesouth - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        I meant it. You just misinterpreted how I meant it. The league and the PA deserve punishment for this situation. The best punishment is not having a season.

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        I see. So, are you for or against cancelling the season?

      • jdny - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        The sooner the league cancels the season, the sooner the areans can book replacement events so that the bars and restaurants and vendors can get back to work. The NHL cancelling in two week intervals is selfish and out of the union’s control. Cancel the whole damn season and stop stringing everyone along. Stop trying to solve a huge problem with a short, artificial deadline.

        Both sides obviously learned absolutely nothing since 2004.

      • badintent - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:42 AM

        I’m for cancelling this argument now ! Yours and the other one( the lockout)

  2. ironmike778 - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Do fans really want a season that starts in January? I’m a 44 yr old diehard NHL fan but have reached a point of ‘why bother’? A Cup win by any team this year will ring hollow if you ask me. Call it a year and come back in October.

    • lordfletcher - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      I agree but I will accept the Stanley Cup winner of a shortened season like any other year.

      To me, we have reached the breaking point. I would rather watch a full season, the highs and lows, anticipation of the trade deadline…. everything.

      Lock it out and get a deal worked out for the next decade+. We shouldn’t be in this situation each 7 years.

    • davebabychreturns - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      As long as the Stanley Cup winner still has to win sixteen playoff games, it’s all good in my book.

    • therealjr - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      I sure don’t. They can jam their 50-game joke season.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      It’s happened before. The team’s that suck in the second half usually are eliminated in the first round. Arguably, the second half is more important.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      I agree that the Stanley cup winner this year may have a little less glory than past years, simply because of the shortened season, like you said. Some people might see it as less of a battle or grind because the players didn’t play the full 82 game schedule, plus all 4 rounds. It would definitely be interesting to see if some unexpected teams get off to hot starts and secure their spots in the opening round. Would make for entertaining hockey that’s for sure.

      • lordfletcher - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        with a shortened schedule (if it were to happen) the entire season would be one huge playoff run.

        50 games with injuries leaves little room for error.

        If the season were to start in early Jan. by March, people will forget a lockout took place for half the season just like the NBA fans did. Sure the NBA wasn’t as long or as stupid as this one but the results will be the same in the end

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        The players are still going to fight to make the playoffs. Have the same pressure in the playoff, the same desire to win games, the same push from the coach, and play every second night. Do you have any idea what their bodies go through playing every second night from the beginning of the playoffs until the lone team standing is awarded the cup? Many of these guys will win it for the first time, and very well know they may never have a chance to win it again. The holy grail of hockey….. Less glory…. No way! The fact will remain that their names will be etched on the SC and they will be forever known as a SC Champion.

      • therealjr - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        If we can have a 50ish game season this year and claim everything is legit, I expect that to be the new standard. Otherwise, what are those 30 other games getting me? More chances to spend money? A bunch of guys taking nights off in uniform?

    • bluesnut73 - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I agree . would you want to be the team or the players that win the cup with an * by your name ? If i was a player i wouldn’t

  3. islesjb - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I love hockey but I vehemently HATE the NHL.

    Just cancel the season already and stop dragging this ridiculous process out. The incompetence in leadership on both sides of this fiasco is absurd.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      you got my thumbs up for use of ‘vehemently.’

      making us hockey fans look way less dumb, sir.

      • islesjb - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        haha thanks I try

  4. barroomhero80 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Why don’t they man up and admit there will be no

    • blomfeld - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      smarten up friend … we Kings have this little business of “repeating” to tend to ! :)

      • cardsandbluesforever - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        repeating as in languishing in irrelevancy for the next 30 years…;)

  5. dan46778 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Just cancel the season already in a die heart fan but that the only way they going go work out a deal

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    My “sources” say games will be cancelled thru Dec 30th unless players ” give in”

  7. mungman69 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Happy New Year?

  8. sippindasyzurp - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Agents will come together and push Fehr to sign this thing.. Agents have more pull over the players than anyone except their wives.. Agents DO NOT want to miss a season, nor do they want the players to decertify..

    The only question now is, whether the owners will put the deal back on the table.. I somehow think the owners had this date range in mind to start the season anyway.

    As for a 48 game season, I wouldn’t mind, cause teams would have to bring there “A” game more frequently and can’t throw in the towel on some nights, like you routinely see in a 82 game season, which for the record is way too long.. Obviously they will never cut it down, but I would rather see the regular season starting in Mid-September and the Stanley cup finals going no later than mid-May..

    My summer is way too short to be inside watching hockey games May long weekend (Canada) and into June.

    • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      sippindasyzurp, a very much welcomed wise and measured comment. I believe cancelling only 2 more weeks is indicative of the owners’ belief they are close to a deal, and probably negotiating right now. Cancelling 4 weeks instead of 2 would have been harsh, and put a gun to the players head. However, both sides are getting closer and closer to the “doomsday cliff”. Yes! Agents and many others are involved lobbying for a deal. I still don’t get where the player’s head is in all this? It just doesn’t make economic sense for them to keep holding out and risk loosing the season.

  9. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    mrchainbluelightning – Dec 10, 2012 at 2:47 AM
    “But Crosby, along with his agent Pat Brisson and Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle together have the credibility on all sides to encourage dialogue and allow hard-liners to soften without losing face.”

    So you’re taking quotes from Michael Grange, and passing them off as your own? Word for word

    Funny stuff

    id4joey – Dec 10, 2012 at 6:58 AM
    It simply confirms the integrity of my sources. You should be questioning PHT why it takes them 4 days to report old news. I have quoted journalists in the past, and always add a note indicating as much. So, you wanna play the investigator. Good for you! Don’t do it half ass.

    mrchainbluelightning – Dec 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM
    Funny, It’ also confirms you’re a needy lil boy who steals others work and passes it off as your own.

    Just in case anyone missed it
    Joey exposed as the fraud he is

    • AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      LMAO ….but…….. but………..but…………. he lives next to NHL players !! so how can he be wrong??

      but,,,,,,,,,,,,,but…………….but………….. his inside sources never fail him LMAO

      but………..but………….. he loves Dumfeld and they have a relationship where they share their own notes

      • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        He’s not wrong, his sources never failed him because

        He’s a plagiarist who has been busted

      • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM


        “Hardly the first time more than one person writes about the same topic and have the same facts, especially why it’s not fiction.”

        “mrchainblue, Following your Perry Mason logic I guess Rossi & Dadoun stole my work and made it their own. LOL! To funny.”

        mrchainbluelightning – Dec 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM
        Learn the difference between two, too, and to next time you’re off your meds and suffering some sorta personality disorder which is the only thing that would explain your posting other peoples articles (word for word) and calling it your own.

        Deep in denial and suffering some sort of needy personality complex isn’t funny bro.
        You’re scary
        Seek help

        Oh and that still doesn’t explain your posts being WORD FOR WORD copy and pastes of Michael Grange.
        But I know what does explain it.
        Little boys with serious acceptance issues, I bet you believe that 9/11 was an inside job too.
        People who suffer like you usually by into conspiracy theories as well.
        You’re common, predictable and have had medical journals written about your types online in places like this, seriously, go seek help, it’s only going to get worse.

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        mommy mrchainbluelightning hurt my feelings. Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah! Calling Dr. Phil to tell on you because it hurst me too much, and I think you’re full of the number two. LMAO! BTW, can you find where I stole this to make it my own? LOL!

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Bamafan, I live in a show box. I’m on welfare, live by myself, and weigh 550 lbs. I live in a terrible part of town where drug dealers abound and there are murders every week. My neighbor does his cousin every week and I get to watch through a peep hole. I was once on the Jerry Springer show. You can actually see me on you tube, and my name is not Joey, and I have no sources. There. I’m clean now.

  10. joeyashwi - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Lockout. Although I 100% think that Fehr should have accepted the latest deal and got his players back on the ice this is still a LOCKOUT and the owners, and only the owners, have 100% control of when it ends. Regardless of when or if we have NHL hockey again this season I believe that both Fehr and Bettman should be fired. The only progress that was made was when neither of them were in the room. To me that is epic failure on both sides.

    • jimw81 - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      nhl players were protecting the product on the ice by not accepting a 5 yr contract max. look at the nba, it sucks watching plus it would hurt 50% of current players. nhl owners has been delusional even before this has begun.

      • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        jimw81, I don’t know much about the NBA let alone the status of the CBA or contracts. However, others have reported (see mrchainbluebolting… I can actually admit when my info comes from another reporter) that less than 10% of NHL players have contracts exceeding 5 years. Why would this limit be an issue?

  11. bricktop02 - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Hey id4 joey are you on the payroll?

    • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      What are you talking about?

  12. jimw81 - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    i guess Christmas has been cancel. thank you bettman.

  13. acieu - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I guess Christmas has been cancelled. Thank you Fehr.

  14. joeyashwi - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I guess Christmas has been canceled. Thank you Bettman and Fehr.

  15. raulduke11 - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Meh, who cares?

  16. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Joey just had a meltdown of epic proportion

    • id4joey - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Wooooooo! Epic proportion. Woooooooo! Nurse Ratched, where are my meds?

  17. fomega64 - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Do real fans realize that the only certain outcome if the strike is settled is higher ticket prices? I can’t afford to attend professional sporting events. We are paying tattooed criminals megabucks to act like apes. I like the Roman Colosseum plan much better. The athletes fight to the death and the tickets were cheap. Organized labor was fed to the lions waiting to devour the victors! Professional sport labor unions have thumbed their middle finger at the fans. Go watch the high school kids play and enjoy watching real sportsmanship at common man prices.

  18. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Like I said There will be NHL Hockey first week of February ….

  19. omniusprime - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    The only better news than having scraped the season through the end of this year is the news of scrapping the entire season. Just let the pathetic NHL die an ignominious death. There are other forms of hockey which are far superior to NHL hockey which is only controlled mayhem by sissies in pads with sticks on ice trying to see who can get in the best cheap shot.

    Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey – ey Goodbye!!!

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