The NHL announced the cancellation of games up until Nov. 1, in the wake of somewhat-stalled negotiations (surprise, surprise) between the league and its Players’ Association. This means that the Islanders’ season would begin on Nov. 2 in Raleigh against the Hurricanes if an agreement were to be made within the month.
The loss of an entire month’s worth of games was expected, but still not what NHL fans want to hear. Scores of fans have taken to social media to complain about the lack of progress after a brief period of hope following the league’s newest proposal. The pressure should be on now, as there is a limited time frame to try and make up the games that have already been lost.