The NHL is expected to cancel a much larger block of regular season games sometime this week, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. With the NHL and NHL Players Association still separated on several key issues, a resolution to the labor dispute does not appear to be coming in the near future. With their arenas left open during that time, owners will look to book other events in the place of missed games.
The league announced the cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season on Oct. 4, which totaled 82 games lost. However, its unclear as to whether the games were cancelled or postponed, meaning that they potentially could be made up at a later date. According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league has lost upwards of $240 million due to the cancellations. The players are also losing money as they were scheduled to receive the first of 13 paychecks on Monday.