NHL lockout postpones professional hockey until November

la-kings-jonathan-quick-stanley-cup-finals.jpgHockey fans, 2012 is feeling more and more like 2004 again, with the NHL and the players' union unable to agree on a suitable contract, pushing the start of the 2012-2013 season into November -- that is, if there's a season at all.

The NHL has canceled all regular season games through Nov. 1, reports CBS. Contract talks had already canceled the first two weeks of the season, but now the missed games will total 135, assuming the two sides come to an agreement in the next few weeks.

The league had proposed a contract on Oct. 16 that would've allowed a full 82-game season, but the players and owners declined and extended their own offer on Oct. 18. Neither side agreed, causing the cancellations. 

There is a bright side, though: The games could be rescheduled if the sides come to an agreement within the next week, CBS reports.  As of right now, there's still hope we won't have a repeat of eight years ago, when the NHL canceled the entire 2004-2005 season.

Are you hoping the NHL and the players and owners can come to an agreement? Would you be disappointed if the entire season was cancelled?
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