NHL cancels all exhibition games up to Sept. 30

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NHL cancels all exhibition games up to Sept. 30

The first casualties of the NHL lockout were recorded on Wednesday, as the league announced the cancellation of all preseason games up to Sept. 30.

That wipes out four exhibition games for the Bruins, including back-to-back contests against the Winnipeg Jets in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Only the Oct 3, 5 and 6 games against the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens remain.

Bruins training camp was set to begin this weekend, and all of those sessions have been canceled, as well. The closest the New England area will get to Bruins hockey this month will be the opening of Providence Bruins training camp at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sept. 28.

The NHL also cancelled the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario and postponed it until 2013.

In a press release, the NHL simply stated the preseason games were cancelled because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players Association and the NHL.

The NHL and NHLPA are also expected to go another day without formal talks on Wednesday, and its now been nearly a week since the two sides sat down for any formal negotiations. Meanwhile the Bruins players continue to practice at Harvards Bright Hockey Center and begin to make plans to play elsewhere while staying sharp and hoping for hockey to start up again soon.In all 61 preseason games were cancelled across the NHL in one fell swoop of Gary Bettman's lockout stick.Here is a list of the four preseason games cancelled by todays action from the NHL:

Sept. 25: Bruins at Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington)
Sept. 26: Bruins at Sabres (First Niagara Center, Buffalo)
Sept. 29: Bruins vs. Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon)
Sept. 30: Bruins at Jets (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.