NHL Cancels First Games Of Regular Season


UPDATED: Thursday October 4, 2012 2:25 PM

The first five games of the NHL regular season have been called off up until Oct. 24.

The cancellation of the games was necessary due to the absence of a collective bargaining agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL, according to NHL officials.

For the Columbus Blue Jackets, that means the following games have been canceled:

Saturday, Oct.13 at Chicago Blackhawks
Tuesday, Oct.16 at Minnesota Wild
Thursday, Oct. 18 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Friday, Oct.19 vs.  Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, Oct. 23 vs. Detroit Red Wings.

The financial losses are starting to pile up as a result of the NHL lockout.
   
In speaking to reporters after talks between the NHL and the players association finished up on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly estimated that the league has lost $100 million in revenues from the canceled preseason.
   
There are no further talks scheduled, increasing speculation that regular-season games could be lost, with an announcement sometime this week. The season was slated to begin Oct. 11.

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