NHL Announces Cancellation of 2012-13 Regular-Season Schedule Through December 30

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December 10th, 2012

via press release:

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through December 30. The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.

A total of 526 regular-season games—42.8 percent of the season—were scheduled for October 11 through December 30.

 
  • Tom

    Settlement of the compensation issues won’t fix the game. There are still too many teams. Which means too long of a schedule and too many mediocre players. In addition, the quality of play is poor. There are too many goons constantly picking fights that result in interminable game delays. Intimidation may once have had a role in keeping opposing teams at bay. But, nowadays teams use brawling to compensate for their deficiencies in scoring and defense. This results in an inferior level of play that diminishes spectator interest. I don’t believe the NHL will ever prosper unless it fixes itself first.

  • santa25

    The whole too many teams argument is a debate in every league and its complete BS. So I guess you’re fine with 16 cities losing the teams they love just so people can see the same 16 teams play every week. That would get boring.

  • Tom

    Boring? You mean as opposed to watching a bunch of second and third stringers from the former Eastern Block play their version of roller derby on ice because they’re incapable of keeping up with the puck? Right now, the NHL has too much in common with the UFC. Dropping about 12 teams that no one outside their own cities watches would concentrate talent and hopefully raise the level of the game while ending the ridiculous spectacle of the playoffs running into mid-summer.

  • Ray

    @Tom,

    With the influx of European talent and a surge of players from American universities the quality of play is higher than it has been in the 35+ years I’ve been watching, and the fighting is at its lowest level and trending down. Fewer teams are using a roster spot for an enforcer/goon. Your analysis is quite out of date.

    Compensation issues won’t fix the game, you’re right about that. But it’s because there are too many teams in uninterested markets. (Though it wouldn’t take 16 teams, as santa25 suggests. Move four of them to markets that want hockey teams and the league becomes much healthier.

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