NHL camps can not open until the CBA is ratified. However, camps are still expected to open Saturday or next Monday at the latest. Elliote Friedman reported that the NHL sent out a memo to NHL teams that the NHL season will begin on January 19th but Pierre LeBrun reported that if the CBA is ratified quickly, the season could being as early as January 15th. The NHL Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday. Schedule rumors have the NHL creating a schedule that is focused solely on division and conference play, with no inter conference play.
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The NHL has set a drop dead date of January 11. If no deal is reached with the NHLPA by the, the remainder of the 2012-13 NHL season will be canceled. The two sides continue to meet in New York, no breakthrough is believed to be imminent.