Report: NHL will cancel games through Dec. 30 (Update: it’s official)

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The fact that the NHL will cancel more games is a given. They have already scrapped all contests through Dec. 14, but even if the lockout ended today, the league wouldn’t be able to get everything ready for a season opener on Saturday.

So really the only question has been when the NHL will announce further cancelations and how many games will be eliminated this time.

Well, it looks like the NHL will report today (yep, it did) that all games through Dec. 30 are gone, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

A total of 526 regular-season games—42.8 percent of the season—were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Dec. 30. In addition to that, the 2013 Winter Classic and All-Star Game have long since been scrapped.

While the news of further cancelations is never good, the silver lining is that the NHL has reportedly elected to only eliminate two weeks and thus preserve the possibility of a New Year’s Eve or early January start to the 2012-13 campaign.

The NHL and union are looking to resume the CBA negotiations this week following Thursday’s meltdown.