At 2 o’clock on Thursday afternoon, the NHL officially announced that all regular season games through October 24 have been canceled.
With negotiations stalling once again between the league and the NHLPA, and no future sit-downs currently on the docket, this move comes as no surprise. Still, that doesn’t make it any less disappointing.
For Bruins’ fans, this means the loss of six meaningful games. Here’s the list of tilts that have officially been wiped off the schedule:
Oct. 11 – Season opener in Philadelphia
against the Flyers
Oct. 13 – A visit to New Jersey to take on the Eastern Conference champion Devils
Oct. 16 – A trip to Montreal to square off with the hated Habs
Oct. 18 – Boston’s home opener
Oct. 20 – A home game against Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr and the Dallas Stars
Oct. 23 – A chance to lustily boo Joe Corvo as the Hurricanes come to town
This means that, barring further cancellations – OK, I laughed too – the Bruins’ season opener would now be Oct. 25 when Teemu Selanne and the Ducks come to Boston.