Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/11/14

The NHL lockout has turned into a full-blown game of chicken between the league’s owners and its players. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the league is getting ready to cancel the entire 2012-13 season and will do so on Thursday, Jan. 10, if no new collective bargaining agreement is reached. That bit of information reportedly comes from a “veteran member” of the NHL’s board of governors. The decision to kill the season will come if there is no dear or if an agreement doesn’t look imminent. According to the source, this decision stems from NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr‘s continued efforts to push the league around in an effort to get anything and everything he can for the players in a new CBA. The NHL lockout, the third in Bettman’s 20-year tenure, has already cost multiple paychecks and is now more than 100 days old. A canceled season, of course, would be nothing new for the NHL. Bettman and the owners locked the players out in 2004-05 before eventually cancelling the entire season.

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