It’s official: the Canadiens won’t be opening the NHL season on Oct. 11 at the Bell Centre against the Ottawa Senators.
The NHL announced Thursday afternoon that it has cancelled the first two weeks of the 2012-13 schedule, meaning at least 82 games through Oct. 24 will be lost.
NHL players will now officially miss the first of 13 paycheques they will receive this season – they get paid once every two weeks during the regular season.
According to NHLPA.com figures, the highest-paid player on the Canadiens this season is Andrei Markov at $5.75 million. If you divide that total into 13 cheques, Markov would lose $442,307.69 on his first cheque. The lowest-paid player on the Canadiens is Petteri Nokelainen at $575,000. He would receive $44.230.76 every two weeks.
Ilya Kovalchuk, who is slated to earn $11 million with the New Jersey Devils, would get $846,153.84 every two weeks.
Deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly said earlier this week that the lockout has already cost the league almost $100 million U.S. in lost revenue.
“That is not going to be recouped and that’s going to cost both sides,” Daly told reporters after talks broke off Tuesday in New York. “That’s unfortunate but it’s a reality of where we are.”
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Don Fehr, National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director, released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners. If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue. A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort. For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions. Nevertheless, the players remain committed to playing hockey while the parties work to reach a deal that is fair for both sides. We hope we will soon have a willing negotiating partner.”
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Meanwhile, CBC announced that it will let hockey fans vote online for which classic games they want to watch on Hockey Night in Canada during the lockout. Read more by clicking here.
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