Thursday, September 27, 2012

NHL cancels remainder of preseason

Largely a fait accompli with the ongoing stalemate between the league and its players union, comes this missive on Thursday afternoon:

"The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the remainder of the 2012 preseason schedule. The cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL."

For the Flyers, this means their four remaining exhibition games, 10/1 home against New Jersey, 10/2 at Toronto, 10/5 at New Jersey and 10/6 at Chicago, have been wiped out.

The 2012-13 regular season is still supposed to begin on Thursday, October 11, with Philly hosting the Boston Bruins.

One bit of good news is the multiple reports that principals from both sides responsible for the work stoppage will meet from Friday through Sunday in a round of meaningful talks in New York City.

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