NHL cancels games through Jan. 14
The NHL on Thursday canceled games through Jan. 14. In all, 625 games (50.8 percent) of the season has been lost because of the lockout which is in its 96th day. Games through Dec. 30 were previously canceled, as was the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and Jan. 27 All-Star Game.
Worse, there seems to be no thaw in the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. In fact, the league and Players' Association have not had formal meetings since Dec. 7, when face-to-face talks between players and owners angrily broke down.
Though there was no official announcement beyond the cancellation of games, but it is logical, and a report by Canada's Sportsnet.ca suggests, the league believes it must begin a season by Jan. 15 in order to have at least a 48-game regular season in which playoffs would finish by the end of June. Previously, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said a drop-dead date was mid January.
Daly in a Wednesday radio interview, said he believed there will be a season. Union head Donald Fehr said the union is willing to negotiate but is waiting for the owners.