NHL cancels rest of exhibition season due to lockout

It’s hardly a stunner given the way negotiations have failed to progress.

Here’s the official statement from the league: “The National Hockey League announced
today the cancellation of the remainder of the 2012 preseason schedule. The cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.”

The move puts opening night in serious jeopardy.

Heck, Kings fans waited 45 years for a Stanley Cup. Guess they can wait a while longer for the championship banner ceremony at Staples Center. The Kings are still scheduled to open the 2012-13 season Oct. 12 against the New York Rangers.

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