The NHL lockout of 2012 will very likely soon become the NHL lockout of 2012-13 as the league on Thursday canceled all games through Jan. 14. Time is running out to save the season, which would have to begin in January to realistically get in 48 games.
Thursday’s cancellation brought the total of games wiped out to 625, or roughly 51 percent of the original 82-game season. It came on the 95th day of the lockout; Day No. 100 will come on Christmas Day.
It seems not much has changed since the NHL filed a preemptive lawsuit last week hoping to get a federal court to rule the lockout legal. According to multiple reports, the NHLPA is expected to announce soon that its members voted in favor of disclaiming interest in the union, which could lead to antitrust suits.
If there’s no deal in place by Jan. 15, that could lead to the cancellation of the entire season, even though the NHL has not stated a drop-dead date to get a new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner Gary Bettman has made it clear that he would not want a season played with fewer than 48 games.