Gary Bettman said it’s still possible for an 82-game NHL season to start Nov. 2. That’s a long shot, but it certainly won’t happen before that point.
More than a month into the lockout, on Friday the league canceled more games, all of them through Nov. 1, bringing the total to 135. This was an expected move.
Three Washington Capitals games got whacked: Oct. 27 at the Calgary Flames, Oct. 29 at the Minnesota Wild and Oct. 31 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ten Caps games have now been canceled.
The NHL’s latest collective bargaining proposal, presented Tuesday, allowed for a full season beginning Nov. 2. But given that owners rejected three separate NHL Players’ Association proposals Tuesday within 15 minutes, that seems an unlikely target.
If there is no agreement reached by the end of next week, more cancellations are expected. That almost certainly would extinguish the quickly fading hope of an 82-game season.