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NHL Lockout Update: More Games Canceled, All-Star Game Wiped Out

 

April 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Martin Havlat (9), defenseman Douglas Murray (3), left wing Ryane Clowe (29), left wing Patrick Marleau (12), and defenseman Brent Burns (88) during the national anthem before game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

More bad news for San Jose Sharks’ fans and hockey supporters in general.

The NHL announced today that it had canceled games through December 14 as well as the All-Star festivities in Columbus in late January. Their website states that a total of 422 regular season games, or roughly 34 percent of the season, has been wiped out. For the Sharks, that’s 28 out of 82 games.

“The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. 

Today marks the 69th day of the NHL lockout, which has dragged on much longer than expected. The two sides met earlier this week, but they are still a substantial distance apart in “player contracting rights, dollars, arbitration rights and other issues,” according to the Washington Post. 

NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr had the quote of the day, appearing on a Toronto radio show: “If it was Thanksgiving dinner, they gave us a relish tray but no turkey.”

Topics: NHL, NHL Lockout, San Jose Sharks

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