NHL cancels September preseason games

The National Hockey League canceled all preseason games through September 30 on Wednesday, the first casualty of the NHL lockout, which began on Sunday.

Additionally, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for October 3, has been postponed until 2013.

In total, 60 games were canceled, noted the Associated Press.

“The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL,” the league said in a press release, according to the Toronto Star.

Each game not played is revenue loss for NHL teams. According to the Toronto Star, the Toronto Maple Leafs receive an estimated $1.6 million to $2.1 million of revenue a game.

The AP reported that the NHL will also cut salaries of its employees by 20 percent by switching to a four-day work week starting October 1. Teams, including the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers, have also let employees go.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association continue to negotiate, but neither side has made a proposal since September 12, according to the Toronto Star.

The NHL is in its second lockout in eight years. A lockout wiped out the entire 2004-2005 NHL season.

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