NHL to cancel games through Nov. 30

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NHL to cancel games through Nov. 30

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.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.