NHL Lockout: NHL Cancels Games Through Nov. 1

October 19th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
After NHL commissioner Gary Bettman characterized the NHL Players' Association's counteroffer as a step backwards, it was expected the NHL would cancel additional games.

The league did just that, canceling games through Nov. 1 (per USA Today). The second round of cancellations means that 135 games of the 2012-13 season have been lost to this point.

NHL officially cancels games thru Nov. 1. No surprise and no big deal, we knew they were done. Big axe comes out Oct. 26 if no progress.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) Oct. 19, 2012


The NHL optimistically set a goal of the players returning to the ice Nov. 2 to start the season when it came out with its 50-50 proposal Oct. 16 (via TSN). At the time, Bettman said an agreement would need to be reached by Oct. 26 for that to happen.

While the negotiations seemingly took a turn for the worse with Bettman's reaction to the counteroffer, the two sides still have a week before the major schedule cuts would be made.

The NHL's Oct. 16 offer made it seem as if the league wants to play hockey this year and wants a full-season schedule. And if both sides ...

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