NHL cancels more games, All-Star Game

NHL cancels more games, All-Star Game
November 23, 2012, 7:40 pm
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As the NHL and NHLPA are still far apart in negotiations, another round of games has been canceled.
The league canceled games through Dec. 14 on Friday, two days after it rejected the NHLPA's latest proposal. The 2012-13 All-Star Game, which was scheduled for late January in Columbus, had also been canceled.
A total of 422 regular-season games have now been eliminated.
"The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible."
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr also released a statement:
On Wednesday, the players presented a comprehensive proposal, once again moving in the owners direction in order to get the game back on the ice. The gap that remains on the core economic issues is 182 million. On Wednesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the league is losing 18-20 million per day during the lockout, therefore two more weeks of cancelled games far exceeds the current economic gap. It makes the NHLs announcement of further game cancellations, including the 2013 All-Star Weekend, all the more unnecessary, and disappointing for all hockey fans especially those in Columbus. The players remain ready to negotiate but we require a willing negotiating partner.