It was no surprise at all.
The NHL announced on Wednesday that the preseason schedule, through Sept. 30, had been canceled. This was Day 4 of the NHL-imposed lockout, and the league and the players association have not had an official negotiating session in a week.
Four exhibition games for the Kings, and three for the Ducks, were eliminated. The Stanley Cup champion Kings had been scheduled to play Colorado in Las Vegas on Sept. 29, which was to have been the latest installment of “Frozen Fury.”
Against this labor backdrop, player departures to Europe continued, fast and furiously.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin signed with Dynamo Moscow and told a Russian news agency that he would think about staying in the KHL if NHL salaries were slashed.