NHL cancels all games in November (updated)

October 26, 2012

(Chris Young/AP)

The NHL canceled games through Nov. 30 on Friday, bringing the total number of games lost during this lockout to 326, or 26.5 percent of the season.

“The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a news release. “By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have preserved an 82-game Regular Season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

“We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the Players and the Clubs — one that will be good for the game and our fans.”

This latest round of cuts doesn’t include the 2013 Winter Classic or All-Star Game, but those signature events are on the chopping block. A decision on the Winter Classic could be announced as early as next week.

The cancellations come on the 41st day of the lockout and a day after the league’s deadline to reach a new collective bargaining agreement in time to preserve a full 2012-13 season expired. Not only was there no deal before Thursday’s deadline, but the NHL and NHLPA haven’t held a meeting since Oct. 18 and there are none currently scheduled.

Twenty-three Capitals games have been canceled thus far, with the latest cuts erasing 13 contests — eight at Verizon Center — that were on the slate for November. 

  • Nov. 2 vs. Boston
  • Nov. 4 vs. Dallas
  • Nov. 6 at Tampa Bay
  • Nov. 8 vs. Edmonton
  • Nov. 10 vs. Toronto
  • Nov. 14 at New York Rangers
  • Nov. 16. vs. New York Rangers
  • Nov. 18 vs. Florida
  • Nov. 21 vs. Winnipeg
  • Nov. 23 at Dallas
  • Nov. 25 at St. Louis
  • Nov. 27 vs. San Jose
  • Nov. 29 at Florida
Here’s the full statement from NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr:

“The league officially informed us today that they have withdrawn their latest proposal and have cancelled another slate of regular season games. This is deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players.  But it comes as no surprise. 

Last week the owners gave us what amounts to a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal.  We responded with the framework for three proposals on the players’ share, each of which moved significantly, towards their stated desire for a 50-50 split of HRR, with the only condition being that they honour contracts they have already signed. Honouring contracts signed between owners and players is a reasonable request. Unfortunately, after considering them for only 10 minutes they rejected all of our proposals.  

Since then, we have repeatedly advised the owners that the players are prepared to sit down and negotiate on any day, with no pre-conditions.  The owners refused.  They apparently are only interested in meeting if we first agree to everything in their last offer, except for perhaps a few minor tweaks and discussion of their “make whole” provision.   The message from the owners seems to be: if you don’t give us exactly what we want, there is no point in talking.  They have shown they are very good at delivering deadlines and demands, but we need a willing partner to negotiate.  We hope they return to the table in order to get the players back on the ice soon.”

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