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NHL avalanche continues as Dallas Stars cancel 6 more games

Brendan Morrow
Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow and the rest of the team are waiting for the NHL and the NHL Players Association to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement so they can start the 2012-13 season. Courtesy of Dallas Stars

The time to panic about the Dallas Stars’ 2012-13 season hasn’t arrived. Yet. The National Hockey League made news during Thanksgiving weekend by canceling more games due to the lockout.

All NHL games through December 14 are now canceled, along with January’s All-Star game, which was to be played in Columbus.

This set of cancellations erases six more Stars games, including one home game. However, it’s a big one. The Stars were to host the Pittsburgh Penguins, who feature NHL superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, on December 1.

 There is still time to reach an agreement before the entire NHL season is lost.

The Stars have now lost 30 of their 82 regular-season games to the lockout. When the NHL locked out the NHL Players Association for the 2004-05 season, commissioner Gary Bettman did not cancel the season until February 2005.

If history is any indication, there is still time to reach an agreement before the entire season is lost.

The NHL played a 48-game season in 1994-95 due to a lockout.

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are at a stalemate over negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides last traded proposals last week with no agreement. The major sticking point of negotiations is the split of hockey-related revenue for player salaries and benefits.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told that the NHLPA’s latest offer to team owners moved the players closer to what the owners want in a new collective bargaining agreement. Fehr also said that the gap between the players and the owners on core economic issues is $182 million.

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