NEW YORK -- The NHL lockout has forced the cancellation of all games through the end of November.
The NHL announced Friday that 326 regular-season games from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30 were lost -- more than 26.5 per cent of the schedule. The news came a day after a league-imposed deadline passed for a deal with the players' association that would allow for a full season. The dispute is all too similar to the 2004-05 lockout that led to the cancellation of that entire season -- the first time a North American professional sports league lost a complete campaign to a labour dispute.
Reaching a new deal potentially became even tougher Friday, because the NHL pulled off the table its most recent offer to the players -- one that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues.
Daly told the AP in an email that if a deal is reached, the league will try to play as many games as possible.
"Having said that, once clubs begin releasing dates and rebooking their buildings, as they will be free to do for the month of November, the process will obviously get more difficult and complicated," he wrote.
A quick decision on the status of the New Year's Day outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star game later in January isn't expected, Daly said.
"They're going to keep exercising the power that they have to be able to lock us out, and the thought that they can cancel games to try to sway us their way," Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We'll see what happens in the next little while and see where it goes from there."
-- The Associated Press