Various sources today report the NHL has cancelled the remainder of its December schedule up to December 31, 2012.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Funny they left December 31st available, but apparently that’s been done to allow arenas flexibility for making other arrangements. For those who are wondering, if the NHL were to start a season on January 1st, it’s possible they could stage between 50-55 game schedule. Most betting on a season feel it’ll be closer to 48 games. At this point, I don’t care, just as long as there’s a season. The two sides are close enough to get a deal done within the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping they cut the crap and get it done!