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by Paul on 01/23/07 at 10:30 PM ET
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
It’s a bit disappointing,” said Edmonton Oilers chairman Cal Nichols, whose team has fought fiercely to have the schedule altered to allow more games outside the conference. “I think the best we can hope for is to go back to pre-lockout scheduling. The Western Canadians teams really made a strong case for going back to that. I think the Canadian hockey fans would sooner see us play the other Canadian teams than any U.S. teams.”
More interesting was Nichols’ suggestion that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman should have stepped up and helped persuade owners to make a change.
Asked if Bettman should have shown more leadership, a surprisingly candid Nichols said, “I wish he would have.”
Nichols said he believed Bettman should have encouraged teams that were opposed to change “to do the right things for the game.”
read on... and on a sidenote, Detroit media have been slamming the NHL all day because of this decision…
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