NHL cancels two more weeks of games plus All-Star Game

Posted: November 24, 2012

On Black Friday, the NHL took another step toward being dark this season. As in "fade to black."

The NHL canceled two more weeks of games, which means the league has erased its schedule through Dec. 14. If you're scoring at home, 34 percent of this season has been canceled because of the labor war between the league and the players' union.

The league also canceled the All-Star Game in Columbus.

Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, said the league intends to return the all-star festivities to Columbus "as quickly as possible."

No new meetings have been scheduled since the league rejected the NHL Players' Association's latest proposal on Wednesday.

The sides are $182 million apart in the "make whole" portion of negotiations, which would go toward guaranteeing players' salaries. Salaries were not guaranteed in full during the previous seven-year CBA.

The $182 million difference comes to just $1.2 million annually for each of the 30 teams over the course of the proposed five-year deal. That doesn't seem like much when the NHL claims it is losing $18 million to $20 million per day.

An NHLPA leader said he was not concerned that two Washington players, Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth, voiced their displeasure with union boss Donald Fehr.

Steve Fehr, Donald's brother and the NHLPA's special counsel, downplayed the statements and said the union had been getting "amazing support" from the players.

Hockey in A.C. Several NHL players will participate Saturday in Operation Hat Trick, a benefit game to aid the victims of Sandy. The 7 p.m. contest at Boardwalk Hall is nearly sold out, according to organizers.

Scott Hartnell, Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, Wayne Simmonds and Jody Shelley are the Flyers who are participating. The game is composed of players from mostly the Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. Some exceptions: Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, Anaheim's Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry, Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson and Montreal's P.K. Subban.

Simon Gagne, James van Riemsdyk, Justin Williams, Steve Downie, Ville Leino, Arron Asham, Dan Carcillo and Steve Eminger are among the former Flyers who are playing.

Penalty shots will be awarded for all penalties, making things challenging for the goalies: the Devils' Martin Brodeur for Team New Jersey/Philadelphia, and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist for Team New York.

Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com.

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