Read: A Season Needs To Start By January 10

Bruce Garrioch tweets “Doug MacLean suggests if they can get a deal by Friday a 56-game
season starting on Dec. 20th.”

This section looks at all the talk of a shortened season.


Adam Rotter: I expect we will hear a similar date from the owners following the Board of Governors meeting today. With the progress that seemed to be made last night putting a firm date on things should end the potential for dragging things out to try and win one last point.

Read: Having A Proper Season

In the Ottawa Citizen, Wayne Scanlon writes about how a shortened schedule may not be the best thing for the NHL after all the damage they have caused during the lockout.

Scanlon writes, “This time around, following the third work stoppage in 18 years, the NHL will need time to develop a creative marketing plan and mea culpas to appease fans who cannot fathom this inability to sort out revenue splits and contract arrangements during prosperous times.”

He notes that the hardcore fans are going to return since “hockey means too much to that type of fan to just walk away for good” but the casual fan, who drive TV ratings, may take a long time return.

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.