The NHL, as expected, has chopped more games off the 2012-2013 schedule.
The league announced Friday that all regular-season games through Dec. 14 have been canceled. The NHL also announced the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 26-27 was canceled.
The cancellations bring the total games axed to 423, including the 2013 Winter Classic game that was set for New Year's Day. That's more than 34 percent of the schedule.
The Canes have seven December games through Dec. 14 that were scrubbed, and now have 31 games total that have been canceled.
"The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "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 issued 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 NHL’s 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.”
The players have been locked out since Sept. 15 as the league and NHL Players Association negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.