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NHL Cancels Games Through Jan. 14

December 20th, 2012 at 5:18 PM
By Tim ODonnell

This comes as no surprise to many people but the NHL today announced the cancelation of all games through Jan. 14. This brings the total to 625 regular season games lost to the lockout, a little over 50 percent of the season. The Winter Classic and All Star weekends are also causalities of the lockout.

The league and players' union haven't met since Dec. 13 when federal mediators again failed to end the lockout.

The players' union has asked the players to vote on whether to give the executive board the power to disclaim interest. The vote is expected to be complete tomorrow The NHL filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board and a class-action lawsuit in federal court.

"We have to find a way to have discussion because it's very hard to come to an agreement if you're not talking to one another," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said before a charity game on Wednesday. "It's very hard to come an agreement if you set pre-conditions to the negotiations, too"

The league agrees with the players' union in their need to meet.

"We haven't said we won't meet, but we certainly would want to know what the agenda is and how they intend to process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to ESPN.com

There continues to be speculation of a drop-dead date when the entire season would be canceled, but Daly said that there is no need for that.

"If you do the math and do what a responsible compression might look like … you know what the neighborhood is of when we need to be playing hockey in order to be playing hockey this (season). Daly told Sportsnet 590. "I don't think setting an absolute date necessarily serves any purpose at this point."

Tags: Bill Daly, Boston, Boston Bruins, Donald Fehr, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA, Winter Classic

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