The National Hockey league announced the cancellation of their November schedule on Friday.
The cancellation comes as the league and the NHL Players Association remain stalled in their efforts to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. With the league previously having cancelled the schedule through November 1 in two blocks, this is the largest portion of the schedule to be cancelled at one time.
As with their previous cancellation announcements, the league has been careful to characterize this as a cancellation of the schedule, not the games themselves. Theoretically, the games could all be re-scheduled alongside the remaining games. At this point of the season, however, the likelihood is that an entirely new, shortened, schedule would need to be created if a new CBA is agreed upon.
Neither the Winter Classic nor the All-Star Game have been cancelled yet, however there are reports that they will be cancelled next week.
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