NHL cancels games through Jan. 14, faces loss of entire season

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 3:41pm

It has become a common occurrence during the last three months for the National Hockey League to cancel two weeks worth of games.

It happened again Thursday, although that was probably the last time. A day earlier, Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, indicated in a radio interview that games needed to start by mid-January if there is to be any sort of season.

Thus, the next time the league has to cancel games because of the lockout imposed by owners on Sept. 16 it likely will be the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

“I don’t think there is a date circled,” Daly told The Fan 590 on Wednesday. “Obviously as we’re moving toward the end of December, you have to think about what’s realistic and how many games you can play. The commissioner is on record saying we’re not looking to play a season that’s less than 48 games.

“We have a general sense of when we have to be playing hockey by. It’s fair to say it’s some time in mid-January.”

As it is now, a total of 625 contests (50.8 percent of the season) have been lost to the work stoppage.

The latest to go were those from Jan. 1-14. That announcement came 10 days after the Dec. 15-31 games were eliminated. The cancellations started Oct. 4, less than a week before the scheduled start of the season, when the first two weeks of play vanished.

There have been no substantive talks between the sides in recent days.

Instead, the NHL Players Association has spent the last few days voting on whether to dissolve the union, which would create the opportunity for players to file anti-trust lawsuits and/or challenge the legality of the lockout. The NHL preemptively countered last Friday with a class-action filing in federal court in New York that seeks a declaration on the legality of the lockout.

“We have to find a way to have discussions, because it's very hard to come to an agreement if you're not talking to one another,” NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said at a charity hockey game Wednesday, according to numerous reports. "It's very hard to come to an agreement if you set pre-conditions to the negotiations, too."

Eight years ago, the entire 2004-05 season was lost to a lockout.

14 Comments on this post:

By: Magnum on 12/20/12 at 5:38

Thanks for last season. I guess I can go back to not caring again...

By: concretemike on 12/20/12 at 6:34

Still have not returned since the 2004-2005 strike/lockout and never will. I encourage all remaining fans to join this NHL Facebook group and follow thru with their plans. Show the owners and players who care nothing about the people who pay their salaries what you think of them. Stop buying NHL gear and stop going to games. Billionaires and Millionaires fighting over no fans in the seats would be great payback!!!!!!!

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By: 4gold on 12/20/12 at 9:08

I certainly hope fans will at least make a token protest by not attending the first game. How much abuse are we suppose to take from the millionaires. Oh I get it, Hockey fans must be among the 47% the republicans think don't count.

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By: Ask01 on 12/21/12 at 5:50

I agree. It is time for sports fans everywhere to take a stand against the insane amounts of money that changes hands in the sporting world.

Go ahead, cancel the season.

By: BigPapa on 12/21/12 at 9:19

Hockey is a shell game. The players know that only a few teams actually make money and they appear to be willing to ax those that dont in order to maintain the huuuuuuge contracts.

Once Bettman is no longer commish it could be bad news for all the non-traditional markets.

By: sharko20 on 12/21/12 at 12:17

Time to cancel the entire season.

4gold - What perentage of Americans pay no federal income tax and receive a check from the government? answer - 47% (actually it is closer to 49%) Some of it is legit like SS recipients, some of it is slackers. This is what Romney meant. It's called the welfare state and it is killing this country. Congress has a spending problem.

By: thud241 on 12/21/12 at 3:27

So the players association file an anti-trust suit against the league...what's the difference between the league being guilty of anti-trust violations when the players union in effect is just as much a monopoly?

By: 4gold on 12/24/12 at 6:47

Hah, the 20 something millionaire players are so abused by the league. I am done with them. Wouldn't buy a ticket if they played tomorrow. Ridiculous salaries. Out of control.

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By: 4gold on 12/24/12 at 6:50

Shark, dont tell me let me guess. You work for a big company with group insurance and live in Brentwood. Your first house was a 4 bedroom 3 car garage and Daddy gave you the down payment. Close?

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By: courier37027 on 12/24/12 at 2:39

4gold, are you condoning welfare as a lifestyle for generations upon generations, and more honorable than someone with a nice house, work ethic?

By: muk69 on 12/24/12 at 11:03

Donald Fehr was resposible for the cancellation of the World Series when he represented baseball players. He is just another lawyer along with the owner lawyers making money on billable hours. The longer the impass, the more they line their greedy pockets.

The players need to realize they don't have the major TV revenues and most money is from putting fans in the seats. Go ahead and cancel the season. I've given up. With this guy representing the players there will be no season.