NHL cancels more games as lockout shows no signs of ending

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 3:19pm

The optimism that existed a few days earlier is gone. So is another week’s worth of games.

The National Hockey League announced Friday that regular-season contests through Nov. 1 have been canceled. That meant another 43 games, including three for the Nashville Predators, were taken off the board a little more than two weeks after the first 82 were dropped.

The decision was made because league owners and the NHL Players Association have been unsuccessful in attempts to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Owners locked out players upon expiration of the last CBA on Sept. 15.

“It stings,” Nashville goalie Chris Mason said. “I know they can reschedule and do all that kind of stuff but once you think about where you should be during the first week of the season, especially in our situation where everybody feels like we have a really good team.

“You see more games get knocked off and just sucks, basically.”

If there is anything positive to be taken from Friday’s announcement it is that the possibility still exists for games to be played as early as Nov. 2.

Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made an offer on behalf of the owners to the NHLPA, which included a revised schedule that consisted of a full slate (82 games) to begin Nov. 2. That created hope that negotiations could proceed quickly and a complete season would be salvaged.

The players responded with three counterproposals Thursday, none of which the owners felt merited discussion and talks broke off quickly.

Bettman has said a deal must be in place by the middle of next week in order for games to begin Nov. 2. No talks are currently scheduled.

At this point, the first eight Predators’ contests have been canceled.

“You expect it, but until you hear they’ve canceled another chunk of games it doesn’t really kick in,” Predators captain Shea Weber said. “… When you hear that games are canceled it’s hard. It’s hard on the fans throughout the game. It’s hard on the people that work within in the game and have no jobs right now. And obviously it’s hard on us.”

5 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 10/19/12 at 4:57

I don't think it will happen but unless the strike is long enough to cancel the entire season plus half of next season the lockout/strike will be of no benefit.

People and organizations have to be brought to their knees totally and completely before lockout/strikes have any true meaning and purpose.

By: 4gold on 10/21/12 at 6:06

Cancel the season. Spoiled brat 1% rs.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Ask01 on 10/21/12 at 8:24

Considering the turmoil in recent years enveloping professional sports, involving those who own the teams, those who play, and other with substantial stakes in the distribution of profits, it is very easy for me, and perhaps others, to finally declare they can all rot, and cease any form of support.

If enough were to follow suit, professional sports empires would be in ruins, and perhaps the principles in this would understand they are totally dependent on the fans, and come to their senses. Not bloody likely! Too many live vicariously through the exploits of their favorite players.

I have little concern for the owners, coaches, and high dollar players, but there are many players who, while I'm certain are well paid, command nowhere near the compensation of a "star." Many will retire and fade into obscurity, capitalizing as they can on their short lived fame.

Those for whom I truly have concern are the working folks who work behind the scenes, or perhaps hide in plain sight, selling concessions, directing parking, cleaning, prepping, and maintaining the facilities, often, I'm sure, for minimum wage, who depend on the spoiled athletes playing to earn a meager living.

Moreover, what of the cities who likely built the venues where grown men play games? They depend on these games to generate revenue making the venture self sustaining, not a burden on weary taxpayers.

My rant is not merely aimed at the NHL, but at all pro sports. I believe fans need to reign in the entire circus, so that owners players, and all concerned remember who actually pays them.

The fans.

Otherwise, this will continue to happen for as long as we actually pay adults tp play games.

By: 4gold on 10/21/12 at 12:43

I think all cities should sue the NHL and players for lost revenue.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Ask01 on 10/21/12 at 3:08

4gold, that is a most excellent idea.

Seriously, any city which puts up money to construct a facility in which a sports team plays should include in the contract a provision allowing for severe penalties assessed against the owners, players, or both as required when a situation such as this results in lost revenue.

I will admit some initial resistance will be experienced, but if cities hold firm and don't cave in to pressure from hopeless sports nuts who would sell their mother for a team, the condition could become standard and might provide incentive to avoid nasty disputes such as this.

Just a thought.