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When the Capitals visited the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, it was believed that they would get the event here sooner rather than later. Nationals Park figures to be the most ideal location, given that owner Ted Leonsis already ruled out the feasibility of doing it on the National Mall.

With Friday’s cancellation, the 2013 Winter Classic is not feasible at all.

For players who already saw 326 regular-season games wiped out by this lockout, this move cannot be seen as a surprise. Kane called the most recent cutting of games a “scare tactic” by owners trying to flex muscles in these collective bargaining talks.

Getting rid of the Winter Classic, while not a large piece of the league’s $3.3 billion in revenue, looks like the biggest show of leverage yet.

“They’ve done all this so far because they can,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “It’s almost to the point where you kind of believe they’re excited to do this just because they’re the NHL, they’re the owners.”

With no formal talks scheduled as of mid-day Friday, it’s uncertain how many more cancellations are upcoming.

“We’re just kind of waiting to see what happens next,” Toews said. “Us players are staying patient, and that’s all we can do right now.”