The preseason was canceled. Employees around the league have either lost their job or had their salary slashed. These facts aside, the NHL lockout wouldn't truly hit home for most hockey fans until regular season games were canceled. Hope remained that the damage would be minimal.
That hope has all but faded as the NHL announced that they have canceled the first two weeks of the regular season through October 24th, taking 82 games off the schedule.
That's 6.7% of the regular season that's been cancelled now.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 4, 2012
It's official - both sides have lost. I've said it numerous times that as soon as regular season games are canceled, neither side can emerge a victor in this negotiating process. There is absolutely no justification as to why a new deal hasn't been reached when the two sides have had ages to figure one out. It's as if both the players and owners forget that the ends probably won't justify ...