NHL cancels rest of December games as lockout continues

As the NHL lockout reached Day 86, Monday, the league cancelled another slate of games, this time through Dec. 30.

The league has now cancelled 526 total games, according to the Los Angeles Times, which accounts for 42.8 percent of the 2012-13 season.  Talks between the NHL and Players Association stalled again last week and no new discussions have been scheduled.

According to ESPN, a deal seemed likely to happen last Thursday as both sides were trading proposals and looked to be making progress.  But the league ended negotiations after the union failed to give a yes or no answer on three of the league’s major sticking points—five-year contract term limits, a 10-year CBA and compliance on transition issues.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman followed the breakdown in talks Thursday with a news conference in which he announced that the league had no internal deadline to broker a deal before the entire season was cancelled.  He did, however, say a season less than 48 games would be unlikely.

The Washington Times reports that the sides are expected to meet again sometime this week, though no date, time or place has been settled.

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