NHL Cancels Another Block Of Games

December 1, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

The NHL has canceled all the NHL games through November 1st. Not really surprising considering it was highly doubtful the league would get a CBA done by that time anyway. The Rangers were supposed to play four games from now until then. Sigh.

I’m still holding out hope both sides can get something done to salvage a full season but I still think they get something done. There’s been a few steps in the process so far, and losing a full season is just another step in the process. It’s potentially a bargaining chip that could make both sides want to get a deal done more out of fear they’ll lose more games.

I think there’s too much money at stake for both sides not to come up with something. I don’t even believe the two sides are as far apart as Gary Bettman makes them out to be. Just a negotiation tool. The owners already laid their cards out on the table (literally) and they don’t want to show anymore weakness than they already did. They showed they want to make a deal but they have a price.  The players meanwhile made poor counteroffers to the owners. It’s up to them to get the owners back to the table somehow. They were going to end up 50/50 eventually and now that they’re already there they just need to sort out the other things.

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Topics: CBA, Gary Bettman, Lockout, Rangers

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