It was only a matter of time, but because of the differences that remain in the negotiations of a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL announced that the start of the season – from Oct. 11-24 – will be cancelled. In that span, 82 games will be axed, including the first six Boston Bruins’ contests for the 2012-13 campaign.
And now the owners, who have already lost $100 million in revenue and will lose more with empty arenas and other gate revenues, and the players, whom will have their paychecks slashed, will both face the consequences as the lockout enters its 19th day.
“That is not going to be regrouped and it’s going to cost both sides,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said after a two-hour negotiating meeting on Tuesday. “That’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality of where we are.”
Theoretically, the Bruins season opener would be on Oct. 25 against Anaheim at the TD Garden. But the likelyhood of that game taking place at this rate is slim to none as the NHL and NHLPA continue their dispute. Below is the list of games that have been axed for the Black and Gold
List of Bruins games cancelled through Oct. 24:
- Oct. 11 at Philadelphia
- Oct. 13 at New Jersey
- Oct. 16 at Montreal
- Oct. 18 vs. Montreal
- Oct. 20 vs. Dallas
- Oct. 23 vs. Carolina