Given the fact that the NHL and NHLPA are not even exchanging phone calls and no meetings have been scheduled, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that the league is getting ready to cancel more regular season games as early as next week.
Chris Botta took to Twitter yesterday and posted that according to his source, the league will cancel all games up until December 15 if a new CBA is not in place within the next seven days. Once again we have an ultimatum from Gary Bettman as he tries to reiterate the fact that force the player’s hand into a new deal.
It’s hard to blame Bettman as the month of November is rapidly disappearing and a decision has to be made. As the players get set to watch another Thursday paycheck come and go with no money being deposited into their bank accounts, maybe some urgency will creep in with them and suddenly the need to get a deal done becomes a priority.
Until then we are left hanging by a thread that at least the league hasn’t written off the entire rest of the season…..at least not yet. Botta also mentions in his tweet that if the league cancels games through December 15 the next cancellation will be the remainder of the season. Suddenly this lockout became just a little more scary with the thought of no hockey for an entire year. Maybe I haven’t completely come to grips with this possibility or it’s the fact that I’ve been quietly holding out hope. But no hockey until next September is a bitter pill to swallow.
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