Date: Thursday, Dec. 20.
Last Negotiations: In-person talks Dec. 13 in New Jersey and a bargaining conference call Dec. 14.
Next Negotiations: None have been scheduled.
Games Lost: 625 (all games through Jan. 14, including the New Years Day Winter Classic and All-Star weekend).
More Games Lost: The NHL announced Thursday that all games through Jan. 14 have been lost from the schedule. With the belief that the season would have to begin by mid-January to play at least a 48-game campaign, this likely is the last round of cancellations before the entire season is wiped out. The league already has canceled 50.8 percent of scheduled games from Oct. 11 to Jan. 14.
Alls Quiet: There was no contact again between the NHL and the players association Thursday. The sides have had just a few conversations via phone and email since negotiations broke off.
What We Missed: A 10-game slate of games was lost Thursday night, including an all-California matchup in San Jose between the host Sharks and the visiting Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks barely got the best of the Kings last season in the Pacific Division, edging Los Angeles 96-95 in points in the race for second place behind Phoenix. San Jose didnt get out of the first round of the playoffs. The Kings eliminated Phoenix in the Western Conference finals en route to their first Stanley Cup title.
On This Day Last Year: The Los Angeles Kings announced Darryl Sutter as the teams new head coach, replacing Terry Murray, who was fired Dec. 12. Kings assistant coach John Stevens coached the team for two games after Murray was dismissed. The Kings were 15-14-4 when Sutter took over, then went 25-13-11 under him, which was enough to earn the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference tournament. Los Angeles went 16-4 in the postseason and won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. It was Sutters first Stanley Cup championship, too.