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Dreger: Next block of canceled games could be significant

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Edmonton Oilers’ owner Daryl Katz, left, speaks with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during second period of a hockey game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Edmonton, Alberta, (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan)


TSN’s gang of experts gathered for a grim bit of lockout talk, but the most substantial bit came when Darren Dreger said that the next wave of canceled games could come as soon as next week.

Canceling the first two weeks of the season might pale in comparison to the chunk of contests that could go by the wayside if Dreger’s report is correct.

He claims that the NHL wants to give owners the chance to rent out their buildings to other events in order to recoup some revenue. With that in mind, the next cancellations could be “much bigger” than 82 games.

Aside from that grim bit, the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading focused on the disjointed game of telephone between both sides.

The one takeaway is that it appears that the NHLPA might be waiting on a new offer from the NHL.

It’s anyone’s guess if that would come before more games are canceled.