Dont expect the announcement until Friday afternoon because, as everybody knows thats watched the movie Office Space, any good corporation waits until the end of the work week to release bad news. But the NHL is expected to announce the cancellation of all scheduled games through Nov. 30 as the lockout war wages on between the NHL and NHLPA with no talks currently taking place.
The cancellations were first reported by Hockey Night in Canada rink side reporter Elliotte Friedman on his twitter account.
The cancellations mean that the first 22 games of the Bruins season have been wiped out including the Nov. 23 Turkey Day showdown on Friday afternoon against the New York Rangers that ushered in NBCs national hockey coverage for the year. The cancellations also eliminate roughly 24 percent of the players salaries for the 2012-13 season and would seemingly give the NHL owners the salary rollback they were seeking in the first place.
It doesnt appear that either the Winter Classic or the NHL All-Star Game set for Columbus are on the league chopping block as of yet, but thats the next logical step if the two sides cant make some progress in the next few weeks. One of the reasons behind the months worth of games being cancelled: the large block of time allows the NHL arena owners some lead time to re-book the month of November with other events and recoup some of the money lost due to the cancelled hockey games.
While it would appear bleak at this point, hockey sources have consistently told CSNNE.com that a shortened regular season was the most likely scenario for the NHL this season as it was for the NBA last season.
Whether the NHL can reinstate any of the November games after theyve announced their cancellation remains to be seen, but the league has been adamant that theres little wiggle room on their cancellations and deadlines.