April 14, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of empty seats during a rain delay before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Cancels All 2012-2013 Regular Season Games Through January 14th

As if the world ending tomorrow isn’t bad enough, the NHL announced today that they would be cancelling all regular season games through January 14th.

This comes on the heels of a breakdown of epic proportions that has led to the NHLPA scheduling a vote on Friday on whether the players wish to decertify the union, and the NHL to file suit in federal court against the NHLPA for “unfair labor practices.”

The latest round of cancellations takes us to a loss of 625 regular season games including the 2012 Winter Classic and the All-Star Weekend. This accounts for a total of 50.8% of the season.

Unfortunately, with the possibility of this battle heading to the court system, this is sure to get even uglier before it gets resolved. The NHLPA said this weekend that they were not object to resuming talks.

When asked before the RBC Charity Challenge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre why bargaining had not resumed this week, NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr had this to say.

Because the owners have not indicated a desire to resume. We’ve indicated any number of times that we’re willing to resume whenever they are without pre-conditions.” ~ via ESPN.com

On Wednesday evening, in an e-mail to ESPN.com, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly had this to say in regards to resuming talks.

We haven’t said we won’t meet, but we certainly would want to know what the agenda is and how they intend to proceed,”

As the assumed “deadline” approaches in order to preserve the 2012-2013 hockey season looms, one can only hope that the two sides can get back to the bargaining table before it is too late.



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