NHL poised to cancel start of season

Rogers Arena seen through a chain link fence in Vancouver. (QMI Agency)

Rogers Arena seen through a chain link fence in Vancouver. (QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

The pre-season was the first victim of the NHL lockout.

Next up, will be the regular season.

The NHL was scheduled to open with four games next Thursday -- including Ottawa at Montreal and Vancouver at Calgary on CBC. But those season openers, and possibly all October games, will be wiped out as early as Wednesday.

The league has tried to hold off on cancelling the start of the season in case there was progress in talks on a collective bargaining agreement. However, the labour impasse remains unresolved.

"We are closer (to making a decision on cancelling games)," Daly said. "It's something we have to focus on in the short-term and we'll make an appropriate decision at the appropriate time. We are still focused on doing what we can to minimize the damage."

There was talk the NHL might consider using replacement players next month if the dispute wasn't settled, but NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr dismissed the notion.

"It's not an idea I've heard. If they thought there were another 750 players that could play at this level, the guys who are currently in this league wouldn't be there," Fehr said.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

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