Oct 29, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers fan dressed for halloween against the Carolina Hurricanes during the 1st period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers beat the Hurricanes, 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

Trick or Retreat: Hockey-less October

In the wake of the NHL and NHLPA’s fallout yesterday, the league has officially canceled all regular season games through November 1st. These cancellations, in addition to the league’s September 19th cancellations, will amount to 135 missed regular season games.

With no future meetings scheduled between the two sides, the next two weeks will be crucial in fostering any dialogue. As of today, there is still the possibility of an 82 game regular season. However, the likelihood of a full season will greatly diminish if the two sides cannot reach an agreement by the end of the month. If a new CBA isn’t ratified prior to November 1st, expect major cancellations and, hopefully, a Winter Classic start date and a schedule similar to the NBA’s lockout-shortened season last year.

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