Read: Pressure Is Finally Being Applied To Get A Season Going

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that both the players and the owners are feeling pressure to get a deal done so that a season could start by December 1.

Brooks writes that the shortened season would likely be 62-66 games. On 12/1 last year the Rangers had already played 22 games.

THIS SECTION is all about a shortened schedule.

On progress towards getting a deal done, Pierre LeBrun wrote at ESPN.com “That’s still too early to call. But they’re talking for a third consecutive day. And both sides stayed mum to the media again on Wednesday night. I’ll take that as a promising sign — but know that this could still unravel Thursday.”

1:27PM: Kevin Paul Dupont tweets “Some agents, and some B- and C-list NHLers now making their frustration clear to NHLPA.  Eager to play. Eager for pay.”

Darren Dreger tweets “Few details, but players pushed hard yest…gave NHL much to consider on all issues. NHL’s response today determines next step.”

Read: How Many Games Could Be Played If The Season Starts On December 1

At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that if the season starts around December first, the number of games will be in the 70s and the regular season will extend into mid-April.

The NHL has already canceled 22 games this so far.

Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post today, “Though the NHL has canceled all games through November, it is believed the possibility remains a season of up to 70 games could start on Black Friday with the originally scheduled NBC broadcast of the Rangers at Boston if the length of yesterday’s meeting is indeed a signal of meaningful progress.”

It has been suggested that squeezing in as many games as possible wouldn’t be worth it.

A condensed schedule has been described as some as a disgrace.

The NBA played a 66 game schedule last year starting on Christmas day.

Read: Would Squeezing In As Many Games As Possible Be Worth It

Craig Custance at ESPN Insider spoke with former Ranger and former Wolf Pack goalie Jason Labarbera about how it would feel to get as many games squeezed into a condensed schedule as they can.

He notes that it would benefit players financially to play as many games as possible but the wear on the body may not be worth it.

“On the surface, that doesn’t sound too bad, but when you’re playing 17 games instead of 16 or an extra back-to-back game or something, that stuff catches up with you. As a player, you get your money, but is it worth it?”

A condensed schedule has been described as some as a disgrace.

The NBA played a 66 game schedule last year starting on Christmas day.

Note: All Of November Has Been Cancelled

2:11PM: Bill Daly released the following statement:

“The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action. By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have preserved an 82-game Regular Season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

“We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the Players and the Clubs — one that will be good for the game and our fans.”

2PM: The NHL has made this official and said that 26.5% of the schedule for this season has been cancelled.

11:16AM: Ellitote Friedman tweets that NHL teams have been informed that all games up to and including November 30th have been cancelled.

The following Ranger games have been cancelled:

  • 11/4 vs Philly
  • 11/6 vs Senators
  • 11/8 vs Wild
  • 11/10 @ Montreal
  • 11/13 @ Islanders
  • 11/14 vs Capitals
  • 11/16 @ Capitals
  • 11/18 vs Jets
  • 11/21 @ Panthers
  • 11/23 @ Bruins
  • 11/24 vs Flyers
  • 11/26 vs Canucks
  • 11/29 @ Predators

The Rangers next scheduled game is Sunday December 2nd at 7PM against the Islanders at MSG.

Read: It’s Time For Someone To Put Some Pressure On The Owners and Players

At USA Today, Kevin Allen writes that it may be time for someone from the outside to pressure the NHL and NHLPA into making a deal for a new CBA.

He writes that NBC, which is still paying the NHL $200 million this season even if there is no hockey, should nudge the two sides together by reminding them “how committed they have been to giving the league first class treatment.”

He notes how the NBC Sports Network has struggled since losing hockey on their schedule and the ratings boost that the Winter Classic would give the network.

Read: Is a Shortened Season a Disgrace?

At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside writes that having a shortened NHL season would be a black mark on the league just as it was in 1994-95 when following the Rangers Stanley Cup victory the league had a 48 game season due to a work stoppage.

Burnside writes, “A shortened 2012-13 season should be emblazoned with a scarlet letter “M” for “Morons” and goes on to say:

Every time a player or an owner looks at the asterisk after the 2012-13 season standings or stats, he will be reminded of the mockery the two sides made of these negotiations. Every game, every highlight will be a painful reminder of all that was squandered, of the shameful way in which they let down the game they all claim they love unconditionally.

Jesse Spector writes at the Sporting News that the NHL should adopt a 66 game schedule moving forward that starts in November.

His main reason for this is to have the NHL avoid the MLB playoffs, the early part of the NFL season and the start of the NBA season.

Buzz: When A New CBA Would Need To Be Ratified To Get 82 Games In

Elliotte Friedman sent out a tweet indicating that if the NHL gets it’s way and the 82 game season is saved and starts on November 2, the new CBA would need to be ratified by the end of next week.

“Thinking out loud: if NHL wants to start season Nov. 2, deal (including ratification by both sides) would probably need to be done by next FRI. There’s a lot to be done over next few days. “

3:59PM:

5:17PM: Pierre LeBrun tweets “Am told league offer also will allow teams to go over salary cap in Year 1 – up to $70 M max – as part of transition rules”


Adam Rotter: I think the owners pulled a strategic move with their proposal today and their claim to try and save the 82 game season. They have taken the “big” step and now it’s on the players to take their step. I don’t think we will see an 82 game season, there is still a lot of negotiating that needs to happen, but I am confident that we will see hockey this year and I think that a start date of Thanksgiving, or around then is entirely possible with a schedule of 60-65 games.

Note: Gary Bettman Made A Proposal To Save An 82 Game Season

Elliotte Friedman tweets

  • Bettman says 82 game season could be saved if start by Nov. 2, so he made an offer he calls “best shot” to do that.
  • “We offered at 50/50 share” and “we believed we addressed concern” players have about their salaries
  • He understands players will need time to review it
  • Bettman: it is an offer of 50/50 across the board

Pierre LeBrun tweets “Bettman says offer contingent on having 82-game season which would begin Nov 2. Says league offered 50/50 share of HRR”

Chris Johnston tweets:

  • “Gary Bettman on NHL’s offer: “It was done in the spirit of getting a deal done.”‘
  • “Gary Bettman says compressed 82-game schedule starting Nov. 2 would see every team play an extra game every five weeks.”

Katie Strang tweets “If league offered 50/50 split, should be interesting to see how that is reconciled with escrow. Contracting system still huge as well”


Read: Issues With Having A Condensed Schedule

At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about how the NHL could have a condensed schedule if they strike a deal for a new CBA and how they would have to be careful with how it is configured.

The NBA played a 66 game schedule last season that started on Christmas Day. Compared to this season, the Knicks will have played 27 games by Christmas Day.

Custance spoke with someone in the NBA who said that in retrospect the 66 game season was a mistake due to the amount of injuries that were suffered.

The NHL played a 48 game schedule starting on January 20, 1995 after the first half of the season was wiped out.

Pierre LeBrun writes at ESPN.com that the NHL is willing to use all of June to fit in a reduced schedule.

LeBrun adds that the league will try and cram as many games as they can into a reduced schedule, but not have the type of schedule that the NBA did.

NEWS: Five Regular Season Games Canceled

The NHL has announced that games through October 24th have been canceled.

The following five Rangers games were canceled:

  • Friday Oct 12 @LA
  • Monday Oct 15 @SJ
  • Wednesday Oct 17 @NJ
  • Friday Oct 19 @Buffalo
  • Tuesday Oct 23 @Tampa

The NHL released this statement:

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.

The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

2:37PM: Scott Burnside tweets a statement from deputy commissioner Billy Daly, saying “If we reach a deal, we will be looking to reconfigure schedule in a way that would maximize season consistent with health and safety concerns for the Players.”