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NHL Extends Lockout, Cancels Games Through November 1

By Travis Waldron

"NHL Extends Lockout, Cancels Games Through November 1"

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The National Hockey League canceled all games through November 1 today, adding another week to the two weeks of games it had already canceled due to its lockout of players. The cancellations don’t remove the possibility of a full 82-game schedule, which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said could be saved if the NHL Players Association accepted the deal owners offered earlier this week. Another round of cancellations, though, would shorten the season, a scenario that seems likely after the NHL rejected the players’ counteroffer yesterday. “It’s clear we’re not speaking the same language,” Bettman said about the league’s second lockout since 2005, when the entire season was lost. No new talks have been scheduled. “To hear those words kind of shuts it down pretty quickly,” Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, a leading player in the negotiations, said. “In a nutshell, it doesn’t look good.’’

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