The wording was vague enough to leave a sliver of hope. The NHL announced the cancellation of regular-season games this season through Oct. 24, stating that a total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled during that time period.
The league didn't say they were permanently wiped out, just that they were on the schedule.
In an email to ESPN.com, deputy commissioner Bill Daly kept all options open.
"Certainly fair to say that if we reach a deal, we will be looking to reconfigure [the] schedule in a way that would maximize [the] season consistent with health and safety concerns for the Players," Daly wrote Thursday afternoon.
Last year, the NBA started on Christmas Day and crammed in a condensed schedule to make up for games lost during its lockout. Would the NHL follow suit?
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