NHL cancels rest of preseason schedule

calexander@newsobserver.comSeptember 28, 2012 

Jordan Staal leaves the locker room after a Carolina Hurricanes informal workout at Raleigh Center Ice Friday, September 14, 2012. Staal is taking his gear, which is normally stored in the lockers, with him as the players will not be allowed to use the Canes facility in the event of an NHL lockout.

ETHAN HYMAN — ehyman@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes once had eight preseason exhibition games scheduled this year – a full slate.

No longer.

The National Hockey League already had canceled all September preseason games because of the players’ lockout and the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement.

On Thursday, the league announced that the remainder of this year’s preseason games also had been axed.

The move, which wasn’t unexpected, came a day before CBA negotiations are set to resume between the NHL and NHL Players Association. The agenda for Friday’s labor talks – the first formal discussions since Sept. 12 – apparently includes such issues as travel, pensions and medical care.

It’s possible the CBA sessions will continue through the weekend.

With Kirk Muller set to begin his first full season as Hurricanes coach, the team scheduled the eight preseason games to give Muller and his staff a better chance to look at different lineup combinations and make decisions on personnel. The Canes added center Jordan Staal and forward Alex Semin in the offseason and brought back defenseman Joe Corvo as a free-agent signee.

Five of the Canes’ preseason games were to be on the road, including back-to-back games against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 2-3.

The NHL regular season is set to open Oct. 11, and the Canes are scheduled to play their season opener in Winnipeg on Oct. 13.

The Canes on Thursday announced some information for season-ticket holders who plan to keep their money on account with the team. The team said that should a CBA not be reached in time to play a full regular season schedule, there would be:

• 5% simple interest on money kept in ticket accounts (accrued beginning Sept. 16, 2012 through the duration of the work stoppage), which can be used toward additional 2012-13 regular season or playoff tickets, or toward 2013-14 season ticket renewals.

• 10% discount off the season-ticket price for the 2013-14 season.

• 5% discount off the season-ticket price for the 2014-15 season.

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