NHL Cancels Games Through November 1: Is Hope Fading For the 2012-13 Season?

October 20th, 2012 by Mitchell Klemp Leave a reply »
Earlier this week the NHL submitted a proposal to the player’s association that seemed like a fantastic deal and would allow the season to play a full 82 game schedule. The player’s weren’t going to accept the deal without a counter proposal so nothing is shocking there.

After the original proposal was submitted, the league made it known that there was a 10 day window to get the deal done and save all 82 games. The deadline for a new bargaining agreement based off of this offer would be October 25th and a start date of November 2nd for NHL games.

The fact that the league cancelled games through November 1st means the full season is still a very real possibility. Cancelling the existing schedule through the beginning of the month would have happened even if the deal was immediately signed this week.

If the NHLPA and Donald Fehr can negotiate the remaining details quickly then the season can be saved. This was a calculated move by the NHL in order to throw the blame on the players if no deal can be made.

In a worst case scenario of the players taking a hit in the media and holding out there is still hope for a season t ...

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