Predators lose early homestand as NHL starts to cancel games

Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 2:11pm

It was not going to be a sneak peek.

Nashville Predators fans lost an early opportunity to get an extended look at their team when the National Hockey League announced Thursday that all games through Oct. 24 were canceled. The move eliminated a total of 82 games, including seven that involved the Predators.

In a brief release, the league said the decision “was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.”

Nashville was scheduled to play four of its first five games at home, beginning Oct. 13 against St. Louis. The first full week of the season included three more contests at Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 16, 18 and 20.

Each of those contests as well as the Oct. 12 season-opener at Detroit and two others are now gone.

The first games of the season were scheduled for Oct. 11.

“The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said in a statement. "If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue. A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort. For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions. Nevertheless, the players remain committed to playing hockey while the parties work to reach a deal that is fair for both sides. We hope we will soon have a willing negotiating partner.”

NHL owners locked out players on Sept. 15, when the last CBA expired. Recent negotiations have yielded little progress and have created uncertainty about when — or if — the 2012-13 season might commence. The last time NHL owners locked out the players, the entire 2004-05 season was lost.

"We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a release. "The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better.

"We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.

“This is not about ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the League and the game.

“We are committed to getting this done.”


7 Comments on this post:

By: BigPapa on 10/4/12 at 1:12

Oh my how will we make it w/o hockey in October??!! How can we survive??

Ever wonder what would happen if you had a strike and nobody noticed? well.. here's example No.1.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/4/12 at 2:12

The Lockoit is good for the sport. Obama wants tp do to the top 2% what the nhl owners are trying to do to the ice hockey players.

By: TITAN1 on 10/4/12 at 3:04

Two idiots who only think of themselves. Are you two twins or brothers?

By: ancienthighway on 10/4/12 at 10:58

Yet another lockout all because a bunch of rich people can't decide how to divide the money from the fans. It's actually a self fulling prophesy on the part of the owners about not making enough money. Lock out the players, shut down the season, and your income from the team for the year is zero. It's also reduced the next season because of fans not coming back because they are fed up, and fans not coming back because the ticket prices increased. Rasputin will have his wish in not supporting the Predators with tax money because the Preds will have to move to someplace that can afford them. Then Rasputin can bitch about tax money supporting an empty arena.

By: RTungsten on 10/5/12 at 8:25

I'm not too worried because hockey season is only 10 months long. They could cancel until January and we'd still have 6 months left. That is ample, just as long as I can see the Nashville Shovel Girls a couple times.

Having said that, everyone knows that lockouts mean more money and we'll have a revolving door of lockouts every 2 years for each sport.

By: BigPapa on 10/5/12 at 9:18

The players seem to have a complete indifference to the precious season or to any of the teams in "nontraditional" markets. I wouldn't cozy up to them too much, their position is that the league should do less to prop up struggling teams and instead spread that cash to the players.

Look even the $100 Million Man didn't even show up for the press conference after Nashville signed him. Those guys DO NOT care as long as they get the ca$h.

By: 4gold on 10/6/12 at 4:43

I have no sympathy for players. They are already the most over paid individuels in society and they want more? Frankly wouldnt miss hockey much but hate to see downtown suffer because of the player greed. Players dont give a flying #$@% who they play for just as long as they get the big check. That is what free agency has done for the game. i am pretty burned out on pro brats all together.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!