Sept. 9, 2004
As the deadline approaches, NHLPA makes an offer including a 5 per cent salary rollback. “We’re not even speaking the same language,” said commissioner Gary Bettman.
Sept. 15, 2004
Bettman announces the lockout.
Sept. 24, 2004
Preseason games are cancelled as is the first week of regular-season games. Games will be cancelled 30 days in advance, and then each successive day's games will be cancelled.
Oct. 13, 2004
First scheduled day of NHL season.
Oct. 27, 2004
Calgary Flames defenseman Mike Commodore said he would play under a salary cap. “You know what? I’ll risk a slap on the wrist,” Commodore said. “I think it’s got to be give and take on both sides.”
Dec. 9, 2004
NHLPA offers a 24 per cent rollback, but no salary cap.
Dec. 14, 2004
NHL accepts rollback proposal but adds salary cap.
Jan. 17-21, 2005
NHLPA executive Trevor Linden takes the lead in smaller negotiations that don’t feature Gary Bettman or Bob Goodenow.
Feb. 9, 2005
Bettman says season will be cancelled if deal is not done this week.
Feb. 14, 2005
NHLPA proposes a system with $52 million cap.
Feb. 15, 2005
NHL counters with a cap of $42.5 million; the offer is leaked to the media. NHLPA shocked.
Feb. 16, 2005
Bettman cancels the 2004-05 NHL season.
Feb. 19, 2005
Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky join last-ditch meeting in New York to save the season.
March 24, 2005
NHL cancels June 25-26 draft in Ottawa.
June 1, 2005
July 13, 2005
Bettman and Goodenow announce that the two sides have reached a deal in principle.