Feb. 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) during a NHL press conference for the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

NHL To Cancel Winter Classic?

After canceling all November games last week, sources tell ESPNNewYork.com that if no deal is reached by Thursday, the Winter Classic set for New Years Day will be cancelled as well. The NHL and NHLPA have not met formally since they exchanged proposals two weeks ago, and seem to be at an impass. NHL Deputy Director Bill Daly said,

“Since the last bargaining meeting on Oct. 18, we have consistently made it clear to the League that we are ready to meet and are willing to discuss all ideas, certainly including their last proposal,” he told ESPN.com.  “The league has unfortunately continued to decline to meet. Their position makes it difficult to move the process forward, as it is obviously hard to make progress without talking.”

The two sides do not have any meetings set for this week, and a large gulf remains between the union and NHL. To be sure, optimism to save the season is all but gone, and it looks more and more likely that this lockout will remain through the winter months, leaving us without any hockey for the 2012-2013 season.

Tags: Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Winter Classic

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