Today the National Hockey League announced they were cancelling all regular season games from October 24th to November 1st due to the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Source: NHL)
For the Panthers, this means that road games in Winnipeg and Minnesota (Oct 25th and 27th) as well as a home game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets (Oct 29th) have been wiped from the slate.
I wish I could tell you this surprised me but, quite honestly, it doesn’t. The NHL owners and players are right now more interested in making the other side look bad than they are in actually playing hockey. Honestly, I’m more surprised the league only wiped two more weeks out.
Is it possible they know more than we do?
Hey, it’s possible.
Darren Dreger even said via his Twitter account, “NHL is expected to cancel games thru Nov 1 only. Still hoping to have resolution and reg season back on track Nov 2.” (Source: Darren Dreger Twitter)
However, don’t be surprised to see a big chunk, like a month or more, of games axed from the schedule by late next week if no agreement’s reached.
Until next time Panther fans, say it with me, WE. SEE. RED!!!