NHL cancels week preseason games over labor dispute with players

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The National Hockey League's labor dispute between the owners and players led to the cancellation of the first week of preseason games.

The move by the league costs the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings three dates, including the Sept. 24 home ice preseason opener against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center. The Kings have also lost games against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver and in Las Vegas.

The Anaheim Ducks erased a Sept. 25 game against Phoenix at their Honda Center home ice, plus games against Colorado and San Jose.

The second week of preseason games remains intact for now. The Kings and Ducks are scheduled to play on Oct. 1 in Anaheim.

Both teams open the regular season on Oct. 12.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has "no set policy on cancellations" of other games.

Also Wednesday, a person familiar with the plan says NHL employees at the league offices will switch to a four-day work week Oct. 1 because of the lockout.

The move will effectively cut salaries by 20 percent. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the NHL hadn't made the plan public.

The news was first reported by The Canadian Press.

The Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators have let staff go because of the lockout, while several other teams have said they don't have any plans to do so as of now.

The league locked out its players at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, its fourth shutdown since 1992.

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