NHL All-Star Game Could Be Early Lockout Casualty

The NHL and NHLPA's lack of progress on a new collective bargaining agreement and potential lengthy lockout could cost Columbus the All-Star game this season. The Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena are set to host the event on Jan. 27.

The current CBA expires Sept. 15 and training camp is scheduled to begin Sept. 21. However, little if any progress has been made in the negotiations and few expect training camp or the preseason to begin on time.

The All-Star game would likely be hit if the lockout goes a month into the season or longer. In 2004-05, the scheduled All-Star game in Atlanta was canceled (and so, later, was the entire season). Atlanta wasn't awarded with the All-Star game again until 2008. There already won't be a 2014 All-Star game if NHL players take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which is one of the points of contention with the CBA negotiations.

For all the news surrounding the NHL's collective bargaining agreement and the ongoing quest to replace it, stick with this StoryStream.

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