In a move that should come as no surprise, the National Hockey League decided to blow out 99 percent of December games, this time in a 15-day block between the 15th and 30th, making the announcement on Monday afternoon.
Despite the work done by the NHL and NHLPA this past week in New York to close significant gaps in philosophy and how billions of dollars should be divided, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has not been struck, but is closer than ever to being fashioned. With games only wiped out through December 14th, it was inevitable that a lack of a deal would lead to this next round of cancellations.
Since locking out players on midnight of September 16, the NHL has lost 526 games including All-Star Weekend and the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.
Six more Flyers games will go by the wayside, cutting into what was originally the first part of their holiday road trip. December 15 vs. Carolina, a home-and-home with the Devils on 12/19 and 12/21, at Ottawa on the 23rd and at St. Louis on December 27. However, a New Year’s Eve showdown in, of all places, Phoenix, is still on for 9 PM Eastern on 12/31.
In the meantime, fans anxiously awaiting resolution to the conflict should know that Daly has been in contact with his union counterparts and that negotiations should continue some time this week. He told NHL.com this morning that nothing has been finalized as of yet.