To the surprise of nobody and with the start of AHL training camp on tap for Friday, the NHL announced the cancellation of the remaining preseason schedule on Thursday afternoon.
The Bruins had three remaining games on tap including a pair of dates at the Garden on Oct. 3 (Washington Capitals) and 5 (Buffalo Sabres) as well as a road game against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 6, but all seven preseason games originally scheduled have been erased from existence.
The news isnt all doom and gloom, however.
The NHL and NHLPA are set to meet for three days of meetings, discussions and negotiations starting on Friday after 12 days of silence since the lockout became official on Sept. 16. Its expected that most of the negotiations will center around non-core economic issues given the divide that exists on the split of Hockey Related Revenue, but the meetings would seem to be a goodwill effort to save the start of the season.
While wiping out the NHL preseason is a serious result of the labor issues dogging the league, the real pain wont start until the league begins announcing the cancellation of regular season games beginning on Oct. 11.
Given that the players will need at least 2-3 weeks before theyre ready for regular season games to begin, the regular season will be in danger of getting shortened if a compromise isnt hammered out quickly between the NHL and NHLPA.
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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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.