NHL lockout lingers

The NHL have cancelled all matches until December 14 and the 2013 All-Star game in January because of the ongoing dispute with players.

A new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL has still not been agreed, extending the league lockout yet further.

"The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on the organistion's official website.

"We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible."

The All-Star weekend was due to take place on January 26-27.

A total of 422 regular-season games, 34.3 per cent of the season, were scheduled to take place between October 11 and December 14, the league said.