The next shoe falls: September preseason games canceled

September 20, 2012, by

The next shoe in the lockout saga has fallen, and the NHL has canceled all preseason games through September 30. For the Rangers, this means the cancellation of three of their five preseason games, all away from MSG.

The games canceled are the 9/26 and 9/28 games at New Jersey, and the 9/29 game at Philadelphia. The two remaining preseason games –which will be the next games canceled if this isn’t resolved– are 10/4 at Los Angeles and 10/6 at Colorado.

While the cancellation of preseason games may not seem like much, it deprives us of a rare opportunity to see the Rangers prospects in game situations. The Connecticut Whale aren’t on TV in the New York area, and it is almost impossible to find any OHL, WHL, or QMJHL games that are televised.

Couple this with the Traverse City tournament being canceled, and the only chance we will get to see the Rangers prospects in action will be when NBC, NBCSN, or the Big Ten Network (for those that get it) air Michigan (Boo Nieves), Notre Dame (Steven Fogarty), or Minnesota (Brady Skjei) NCAA games. And unless that schedule changes, we will only be seeing Notre Dame twice.

In the next week or so, expect the remaining preseason games to be canceled. Following that announcement, the NHL and NHLPA have about one more week before there is a need to cancel regular season games. This appears inevitable at the current moment.

I doubt both sides are dumb enough to let this affect the Winter Classic and the revenues it brings, but I’ve been wrong before.


  1. SalMerc says:

    I am looking for a November 15 agreement that allows for a few games then the January 1 outdoor classic.

  2. Walt says:

    Who cares???????

    Let them all go to hell.

  3. Mikeyyy says:


    Really? Looks like I am going to start following the Giants and Knicks.

  4. Pete says:

    To the surprise of no one and disappointment of everyone.

  5. cnp says:

    woah, like the new look of the blog!

  6. Matt says:

    I agree with Dave, somewhat. I think the Jan 1st Winter Classic game is the big date. Either they resolve it and that opens the season, or if they get to a point where the WC has to be cancelled, the league will miss the season and become the MLS with better arenas.

    Funny, this is somewhat similar to the NBA last year. The marquee date for them is Christmas and that kicked off the season.

  7. Spozo says:

    Does anyone else feel that a delayed start would actually benefit the Rangers? We have all heard the arguments for giving Gaborik more time to heal but what about the clear cut advantage the Rangers would gain just by scheduling. The Rangers do not play a home game until November 1st. Lets say hypothetically that the NHL loses October and they start the season in November. That means the Ranger would have 8 more home than away games through the course of the shortened season. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to lose any hockey but a shortened season gives the Rangers a distinct advantage over their competition. And as of right now it doesn’t look like we are starting on time.

  8. Jess says:

    I think Notre Dame has their own contract with the NBCSN because of their overall NBC contract. Pretty sure you will see more than just 2 games.

    As for the NYR prospects, if you are willing to spend the money then you can see anyone you wish online.

    I would recommend the WHL package since St. Croix and McColgan will be playing on 2 very good teams.