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NHL Lockout: League Cancels Preseason Games Through Sept. 30

The NHL made an announcement on Wednesday that every preseason game through Sept. 30 is cancelled, due to the NHL lockout.

This development is hardly shocking considering the complete lack of progress made by the two sides since the NHL Players' Association was locked out back on Sept. 15.

The New York Rangers lose three games because of this reality, including two against the New Jersey Devils and one against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Devils also lose three contests, including the aforementioned Rangers games and a bout with the New York Islanders.

The Isles see tilts erased against both the Edmonton Oilers and Devils.

As Bryan Winters of Blueshirt Banter points out, the outlook is very murky for when the league will resume play:

There have not been any official meetings planned in the near future, so don't be surprised to see the rest of the preseason schedule cancelled sometime down the road. Imagine that, we could have been watching hockey as early as next week.

Also according to, the Kraft Hockeyville preseason match scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario has been postponed for 2013.

Under Gary Bettman's tenure as commissioner of the NHL, this is the third work stoppage. The NHL is the only North American league to ever miss an entire season due to a labor dispute, back in 2005.

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