Barclays game to be canceled?

According to a report by Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal, the October 2 exhibition game between the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders will be canceled soon because of the lockout.

The NHL, which informed its staff Wednesday morning they'd be forced to take pay cuts and reduced hours beginning October 1, is expected to cancel all preseason games this week.

The Devils-Islanders exhibition game was slated to be the first major sporting event at the new arena in Brooklyn, whose owner has previously expressed interest in housing an NHL team.

The Islanders have been trying to build a new arena for years, leading many to believe Brooklyn could be a viable destination, despite the limited seating. The Barclays Center holds roughly 14,500; the league's smallest venue currently is Winnipeg's MTS Centre, which seats 15,001.