We know the NHL’s Winter Classic has been cancelled. We know the first two months of what would’ve been the NHL regular season has been cancelled. Last night we found out Gary Bettman and the NHL want to take a two week break from their current collective bargaining agreement talks with the NHLPA in an attempt to save the season. We then found out that they’re meeting tonight at the NHLPA’s urging.
So, what’s next for the NHL? Well, at this point an 82 game season is most definitely out of the question. The best a fan or player could hope for is a condensed 50-60 game schedule but I’m not holding my breath for that either.
That brings us to the 2013 NHL All Star Game that’s set to take place in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All Star weekend is slated to take place January 26th through the 27th.
Columbus could certainly the revenue, the media attention and the good will from its fans after shipping their captain, Rick Nash, who by all accounts was the team for the past few years to the New York Rangers this past offseason.
The NHL is rumored to be canceling another batch of games soon and now it appears as though All Star weekend in Columbus may be next on the chopping block as well. If its cancelled this year then it will be postponed until next year, the game that is. Although with the Winter Olympics also taking place in Russia in 2014 the NHL All Star Game would also be sacrificed next season as well. The hits just keep on coming.