NEW YORK - If you're looking for a measuring stick to gauge how talks are going between the NHL and its locked-out players union, consider this it.
The league announced Thursday afternoon that it has cancelled the remainder of the 2012 preseason scheduled.
In a written release the NHL said " The cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL."
There is a bit of good news. The Canadian Report says collective bargaining talks are set to restart Friday and run through the weekend. Negotiators for both the league and the players haven't had meaningful talks for about two weeks.
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