NHL cancels preseason games through Sept. 30

calexander@newsobserver.comSeptember 19, 2012 

The NHL lockout has claimed its first games.

The league announced Wednesday that in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHL Players Association, all preseason exhibition games through Sept. 30 had been canceled.

The Carolina Hurricanes had scheduled eight preseason games, including five in September. They were set to play road games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning (in Orlando, Fla.) and Nashville Predators, and home games against the Predators and Lightning.

Still on the preseason schedule for the Canes are a pair of games against the Montreal Canadiens – Oct. 2 in Quebec City, Oct. 3 in Montreal – and an Oct. 5 home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Hurricanes were slated to open preseason training camp on Friday, and annual the Caniac Carnival at PNC Arena was set for Sept. 30. The team said Wednesday the Caniac Carnival still would be held.

The NHL lockout has been enforced since Saturday at midnight, when the CBA expired. There have been no formal collective bargaining talks between the league and union this week.

The NHL regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11. The Canes’ first game is scheduled for Oct. 13, on the road against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Hurricanes last week assigned 28 players to the Charlotte Checkers, their AHL affiliate, in preparing for a then-pending lockout. The Checkers announced Wednesday that their training camp would begin Sept. 29 at the Extreme Ice complex in Indian Trail. There are 35 players on their training-camp roster, including forward Jeff Skinner and defenseman Justin Faulk of the Canes.

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