The inevitable occurred today when the National Hockey League announced the cancellation of all NHL games though Oct. 24.
That amounts to 82 games split between the leagues 30 teams. For the Capitals, the following seven games four at home, three on the road have been canceled:
Friday, Oct. 12 at home against New Jersey
Sat., Oct. 13 at Ottawa
Mon., Oct. 15at home against Florida
Wed., Oct. 17at home against Toronto
Fri., Oct. 19 at home against Winnipeg
Sat., Oct. 20at Montreal
Tue., Oct. 23at Winnipeg
It has not yet been determined if those games will be rescheduled in the event of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, or if the NHL would opt for a shortened season.
If its got to be done, its got to be done, Capitals left wing Jason Chimera said after skating with teammates Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
In a letter to season ticket holders last month, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis explained the teams ticket policy during the lockout like this:
Obviously we will not charge your account for any NHL game, preseason or regular season, that is not played. If an agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, we will suspend our monthly payment plan and your account will not be charged until further notice. In appreciation of your continued support and loyalty we would like to provide you with a 1 APR interest on the funds you have on account related to games that are not played.
While many believe the NHL regular season will resume by the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, the opinions among players are all over the map.
Honestly, I have no idea, said Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. I wish I could tell you exactly whats going to happen, but I dont even know. I talk to some guys and they think a couple weeks. Other guys say a couple months and other guys Ive heard say an entire season. I dont even know how to form an opinion about that.