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The NHL canceled its entire September preseason game schedule on Wednesday, the first on-ice casualty of the four-day lockout.
The league is wiping out all games through Sept. 30, a move it deems ''necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement'' with the players' association.
The NHL also said the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed until 2013, bringing the total to 60 games called off on Wednesday.
The regular season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 11.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has ''no set policy on cancellations'' of other games.
Also Wednesday, a person familiar with the plan says NHL employees at the league offices will switch to a four-day work week Oct. 1 because of the lockout.
The move will effectively cut salaries by 20 percent. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the NHL hadn't made the plan public.
The news was first reported by The Canadian Press.
The Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators have let staff go because of the lockout, while several other teams have said they don't have any plans to do so as of now.
The league locked out its players at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, its fourth shutdown since 1992.
The preseason cancellations included a Washington Capitals game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sept. 26 in Baltimore.
Last year, in the inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic, the Capitals hosted the Nashville Predators and drew a sold-out crowd.
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Bill Daly on NHL Home Ice this morning: "We've had tremendous growth over the last 7 yrs and to interrupt that is very disappointing..."— Allan Walsh (@walsha) September 17, 2012
Bill Daly is the NHL's Deputy Commissioner.
...if there's been tremendous growth, why do the owners feel they need more of the pie?...this battle of billionaires vs. millionaires...
Although Steve Fehr and Bill Daly chatted this evening, neither the union nor the league moved on its positions for a new CBA.
Both sides confirmed to CSNPhilly.com that things remain status quo.
There are NO formal talks planned.
Reading into this, I would suggest there will no talks at all this week.
For more hockey during this lockout, here's a link to CSNPhilly...
The NHL lockout has reached its second day.
And there have been no negotiations planned until Wednesday at the earliest, TSN reports. However, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special executive Steve Fehr spoke via telephone Sunday evening, and reportedly will talk again Tuesday.
As of now, no games have been canceled, but preseason games will most likely be canceled by...
The NHL says there will be no bargaining with the players' union Saturday, leaving nothing to stop a lockout.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email that the sides have spoken by telephone, but no negotiations will happen before the midnight deadline.
This was the third straight day the sides spoke by phone but avoided the negotiating table...
Via the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott, NHL.com, which now offers no pictures of current players and is flooded with alumni video and content, offered the following statement at 12:05 AM EDT on September 16th:
The Sept. 15 deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association passed...
The NHL locked out its players at midnight Saturday, becoming the third major sports league to impose a work stoppage in the last 18 months.
The action also marks the fourth shutdown for the NHL since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league held out for a salary cap.
The deal which ended that dispute expired...
A timeline of events since the NHL and the NHL Players' Association began negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.
June 29 - NHL and NHL Players' Association open negotiations with 2 1/2 hour meeting in New York.
July 5-6 - Two days of negotiations in New York. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly termed the meetings as productive.
July 13 - In initial offer...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are entering a key phase in their CBA impasse.
Judging from conversations I’ve had over the past 24 hours, the next seven-to-10 days are see as "crucial" by some to finding out whether there’s a meaningful negotiation between the sides and finally a bit of traction in talks, or whether...
So now that the NHL has officially locked out its players, what's next with the negotiations (via NHL.com)..."We spoke [Saturday] and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "I'm sure we will...