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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, 12:52 p.m.

The NHL canceled its exhibition schedule through Sept. 30.

The league released a statement just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, citing “the absence of a collective bargaining agreement” with its union as the reason.

Training camps were set to open Friday. The Penguins were to hold their first practices this weekend, with exhibition games to begin next week. Only their final two exhibition games — at Detroit on Oct. 3 and at home against Chicago on Oct. 5 — are still scheduled.

The regular season is set to open Oct. 11. The Penguins are scheduled to face the New York Islanders on Oct. 12.

Team employees are prohibited from contacting players during the lockout, which took effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Bettman told NHL staffers Wednesday that salaries would be cut by 20 percent and workweeks shortened to four days if a lockout lasts through Oct. 1, multiple sources confirmed.

Bettman did not rule out additional salary restructuring or workweek reductions if a lockout extends beyond October, the sources said.

The Penguins have no plans to lay off staffers. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly previously said they would not collect salaries during a work stoppage.

The NHL and union are divided over a split of revenue. The sides have not negotiated since Sept. 12. No further negotiations are scheduled.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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