June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on stage at the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Cancels Games in January

The NHL announced another cancellation:

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through January 14. The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

A total of 625 regular-season games—50.8 percent of the season—were scheduled for October 11 through January 14.

Many NHL players have said that January 15th will be the drop dead date for the 2012-13 NHL season. This cancellation puts the league and the players on the brink of losing a second season in 10 years and Fan optimism is already at an all time low. This new cancellation makes it harder to have a positive outlook on CBA negotiations.

Even without the NHL there is plenty of hockey to watch. The Grand Rapid Griffins are having their best season in years, ECHL affiliates the Toledo Walleye are also having a solid season, and there are charity games to watch as well. Not to mention the Red Wings across the pond; Drew Miller is playing in the EIHL with the Braehead Clan, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner are playing in the Swiss National A League with EV Zug, and Pavel Datsyuk is plauing in Russia with CSKA Moscow. Remember there is still plenty of hockey to watch.

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