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We Had Joy, We Had Fun, We Had Seasons With 82 Games...

With apologies to Terry Jacks.

It’s getting really close to closing time on the East Coast, and there’s still nothing about NHL hockey coming over the telegraph.

Oh, that made it better.

It’s been nearly six weeks since this great lockout tour of 2012 began, and we appear to be as close to a deal as we were a year ago at this time.  If I was a gambling man (and I have known to be from time to time), I’d guess the NHL will announce tomorrow that a dozen or so games will be wiped from this year’s NHL schedule.

This also makes a November 2nd start date kind of unlikely.

One thing to point out is that I don’t think the NHL will wipe the Winter Classic from the schedule unless it becomes absolutely compulsory (like December 24th).  If they cancel the Winter Classic, an already sour fan base will have even more incentive to mail the remainder of the season in.

Oh, and this sucks.

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