NHL cancels September slate of preseason games

NHL cancels September slate of preseason games

Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League leaves the podium after addressing the media at Crowne Plaza Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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by RACHEL COHEN / Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL canceled its entire September preseason game schedule, the first on-ice casualty of the four-day lockout of the players' association.

The league is wiping out all games through Sept. 30, a move it deems "necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement."

The regular season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 11.

Also, a person familiar with the plan says NHL employees at the league offices will switch to a four-day work week Oct. 1 because of the lockout.

The move will effectively cut salaries by 20 percent. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the NHL hadn't made the plan public.

The news was first reported by The Canadian Press.

The Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators have let staff go because of the lockout.

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