NHL cancels another 104 games as lockout drags
A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the Buffalo Sabres locker room is shown at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team, in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP / David Duprey)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 9:28AM PST
Last Updated Monday, December 10, 2012 11:11AM PST
NEW YORK - The earliest a shortened NHL season will start is Dec. 31.
The league cancelled another 104 regular-season games Monday. In total, the ongoing lockout has seen 526 games -- roughly 43 per cent of the season -- wiped away along with the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and Jan. 27 all-star game.
The entire schedule through Dec. 30 is now off the books. The NHL and NHL Players' Association appeared to be closing in on a deal last week before negotiations fell apart.
Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league needs to have at least a 48-game season for "integrity," which means a new CBA likely has to be signed within the next month.