Lockout forces NHL to cancel entire preseason 0
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will resume negotiations with the NHLPA for three days starting on Friday. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)
The NHL's pre-season is officially dead.
The league pulled the plug Thursday on the remaining pre-season games as the lockout of player stretched into its second full week. Last week the NHL cancelled the first 60 exhibition games, all of which were scheduled to be played in September.
"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," the league said in a statement announcing the decision.
A total of 106 pre-season games have now been scrubbed, including a tilt featuring the Stanley Cup-champion L.A. Kings in Las Vegas and a New York Islanders-New Jersey Devils game at the new Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.
The NHL regular-season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11 but the lack of any progress on a new CBA has put that in jeopardy as well.
The NHL and NHLPA are scheduled to resume talks Friday in New York, although core CBA issues are not expected to be among the topics being discussed.