NHL to cancel games through Dec. 30 as lockout continues

NEW YORK, – The earliest a shortened NHL season will start is Dec. 31.

The league is set to cancel another 104 regular-season games later this afternoon, according to a source.

In total, the ongoing lockout has seen 526 games — roughly 43 per cent of the season — wiped away along with the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and Jan. 27 all-star game.

The entire schedule through Dec. 30 is now off the books.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association appeared to be closing in on a deal last week before negotiations fell apart.

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league needs to have at least a 48-game season for “integrity,” which means a new CBA likely has to be signed within the next month.

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