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NHL Cancels Rest Of Preseason Games

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Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Colorado Avalanche holds his position as Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings passes the puck through the crease while both Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche and Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche defend during their NHL game at First Niagara Center on Febuary 17, 2012 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Colorado Avalanche holds his position as Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings passes the puck through the crease while both Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche and Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche defend during their NHL game at First Niagara Center on Febuary 17, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL says it has canceled the rest of the 2012 preseason.

The league announced the move Thursday in a two-sentence statement. NHL owners locked out players on Sept. 16 when the collective bargaining agreement expired.

The NHL had already called off all the preseason games scheduled in September. The regular season is supposed to begin on Oct. 11.

The two sides have scheduled talks on Friday in New York, although they are on secondary economic issues as opposed to the core of the dispute, which is how to split more than $3 billion in annual revenue.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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