Timeline for 2004-05 lockout

Sept. 9, 2004

As the deadline approaches, NHLPA makes an offer including a 5 per cent salary rollback. “We’re not even speaking the same language,” said commissioner Gary Bettman.

Sept. 15, 2004

Bettman announces the lockout.

Sept. 24, 2004

Preseason games are cancelled as is the first week of regular-season games. Games will be cancelled 30 days in advance, and then each successive day's games will be cancelled.

Oct. 13, 2004

First scheduled day of NHL season.

Oct. 27, 2004

Calgary Flames defenseman Mike Commodore said he would play under a salary cap. “You know what? I’ll risk a slap on the wrist,” Commodore said. “I think it’s got to be give and take on both sides.”

Dec. 9, 2004

NHLPA offers a 24 per cent rollback, but no salary cap.

Dec. 14, 2004

NHL accepts rollback proposal but adds salary cap.

Jan. 17-21, 2005

NHLPA executive Trevor Linden takes the lead in smaller negotiations that don’t feature Gary Bettman or Bob Goodenow.

Feb. 9, 2005

Bettman says season will be cancelled if deal is not done this week.

Feb. 14, 2005

NHLPA proposes a system with $52 million cap.

Feb. 15, 2005

NHL counters with a cap of $42.5 million; the offer is leaked to the media. NHLPA shocked.

Feb. 16, 2005

Bettman cancels the 2004-05 NHL season.

Feb. 19, 2005

Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky join last-ditch meeting in New York to save the season.

March 24, 2005

NHL cancels June 25-26 draft in Ottawa.

June 1, 2005

Talks resume.

July 13, 2005

Bettman and Goodenow announce that the two sides have reached a deal in principle.