As expected. This really doesn’t mean much, because they weren’t going to start up by then anyway, and even if they do, the old schedule will need a complete overhaul for the 48 or 50-something games they would play.
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2012-13 REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE THROUGH DECEMBER 30
NEW YORK (December 10, 2012)–The National Hockey League announced
today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through
December 30. The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new
Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and
A total of 526 regular-season games — 42.8 percent of the season — were
scheduled for October 11 through December 30.