Lockout forces cancellation of three Flyers preseason games

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League speaks to the media at Crowne Plaza Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL has cancelled all preseason games through Sept. 30 as a result of the ongoing lockout.

Three Philadelphia Flyers games are affected by the cancellation: Sept. 25 against the Blackhawks in Philadelphia, Sept. 26 against the Maple Leafs in London, Ont. and Sept. 29 against the Rangers in Philadelphia.

Future dates are still on the books for now. The Flyers are scheduled to host the Devils on Oct. 1 before heading on the road for games in Toronto, New Jersey and Chicago before the end of the preseason. It seems likely that the remainder of the preseason could be cancelled as well.

The NHL had previously stated it would lockout the players if no agreement on a new CBA could be reached by Sept. 15. No significant progress was made, leading to the stalemate between the two sides with the regular season scheduled to start in just three weeks.

The SB Nation news wire contributed to this report.

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