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NHL cancels games through Nov. 1

| Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 2:24 p.m.
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby arrives at a news conference following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP)

More NHL games were scrapped Friday, but playing a full season remains an option.

Citing the lack of a collective bargaining agreement with its union, the NHL canceled regular-season games through Nov. 1. However, commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that a full season with a compressed schedule could begin Nov. 2.

A total of 135 games have been canceled, including nine involving the Penguins. Three were altered with the latest cancellations. If the sides reach terms on a deal by Oct. 25, training camps would open the next day. The Penguins would start the season Nov. 2 at Columbus and host Edmonton on Nov. 10.

The NHL and NHLPA presented proposals this week, but talks broke off Thursday after a brief meeting in Toronto. No additional meetings have been scheduled, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

The sides remain divided on what constitutes a 50/50 share of revenue and the mechanism for which previous contracts will be honored in full. The NHL offer is contingent on an 82-game schedule, Daly said.

Expectations from players and agents are for the NHL to cancel more games next week. Bettman has said the Winter Classic and All-Star Game are at risk if a deal is not in place to open camps.

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

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