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Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador couldn't find any good words to describe the current situation the league, the players, fans and those who depend on hockey in some way to make a living are in right now.

A day before the first formal meetings between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL in weeks, the league cancelled what remained of its preseason schedule on Thursday.

The cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement between the NHLPA and the NHL," a league statement said.

While other Blackhawks prefer to wait and see how negotiations progress before signing overseas, winger Michael Frolik has reached a decision.

Frolik became the first Hawk to sign in Europe during the lockout, opting to join Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga League. His first game is scheduled for Tuesday.

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A day doesn't go by during the lockout where an NHL player doesn't sign overseas. But Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane won't be joining the growing list of NHLers in Europe anytime soon.

The NHL announced Wednesday that preseason games through Sept. 30 have been cancelled because of its lockout of players.

While the list of NHL teams that are laying off employees due to the lockout has grown, members of the Blackhawks' front office have received some good news.

Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz has informed team president John McDonough that there will be no layoffs or cuts in the foreseeable future.

On Sunday morning, Blackhawks season-ticket holders started receiving emails from the team with the NHL's third lockout since 1994 beginning Saturday night.

The email thanked their season-ticket holders for their patience and continued support, saying "the Blackhawks depend upon you for our success and are eager to provide you with the best possible service."

But more important, it offered the organization's plan and options for season-ticket holders during the lockout.

Preseason games are expected to be cancelled as soon as Sunday or Monday. The Hawks also postponed their annual training camp festival, which was set for this Saturday.

Here is the Hawks' plan for season-ticket holders:

As expected, the Blackhawks postponed their annual training camp festival, which was scheduled for this Saturday, because of the lockout.

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