Games vs. Pens, Flyers among casualties

CHICAGO -- Another sign the NHL is getting closer to cancelling regular season games came on Thursday when the league said goodbye to the rest of the preseason schedule which included Chicago Blackhawks contests against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers in early October.

The NHL had canceled all games through the end of September but with no signs of a new collective bargaining agreement on the horizon, the rest of the preseason was canceled and the now the start of the regular season is in peril.

The Hawks are supposed to open up against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 13 and for the game to be played as scheduled the league and players would probably need to come to an agreement at least a week in advance.

More than likely that game and the early portion of the season would be in jeopardy if a new deal isn’t struck by the middle of next week.