More games canceled: Drop-dead date in mid-January?

December 21, 2012, by

So the NHL announced that all games through January 14 have been canceled, a move that was expected since there was no CBA in place. Ho hum.

There is apparently a drop-dead date in mid-January, and the NHL won’t play less than 48 games this year. In 1994-1995 the NHL played 48 games, with the season beginning on January 20 and ending in May.

If that is the same time frame, then a deal needs to be in place by January 10 at the absolute latest. It’s a fair assumption that there needs to be a ten day buffer between agreement on a new CBA and the start of the season. There needs to be three days for the players to get back to their teams, and another seven days for training camp.

If that drop-dead date is a true date, then we will know by mid-January if there will be a season. The next cancellation could be the last.

Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. Walt says:

    At this stage of the game, the owners can cram the season where the sun doesn’t shine!!!!!

    If I were a player, I’d be in court, file an anti-trust case, and see how the owners react when they may have to pay a 3 fold amount of a person’s contract. Let the players file a disinterest case without the union, they will carp their pants.

  2. Jess says:

    I know I have plenty of hockey from where I am and I don’t miss the NHL at all. Still with each passing day it is clear that this isn’t about working out labor differences but rather destroying what the NHL has built up.

    I place most of the blame on Gary Bettman and the NHL owners because it was they who already had a salary cap, they had rookie wages, and they had their rules on free agency.

    Yet it was the NHL who could not control how much they spent, it was the NHL who looked for loopholes in a CBA they wrote and it was the NHL who refused to acknowledge that several of their franchises were in locations that were not willing to support hockey.

    I feel bad for those of you who are missing the NHL but at the same time; the NHL is not hockey but rather a league where hockey is played.

    Support your local colleges, juniors, AHL or ECHL teams and send a message to the NHL that your dollars will no longer be held hostage by a group of spoiled children