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Some Wiggle Room When Talking Full NHL Schedule

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

The NHL badly wants an 82-game season starting on November 2. That would mean agreeing on the hockey-related revenue split, a formula for paying players what they are owed on their current contracts, and all the contract/salary arbitration/free agency issues. Both sides ratify the deal (unless they somehow decide to play while working on it), everyone overseas returns for a quick training camp, and teams make whatever moves they've been waiting on.

Do you see all that getting done in 11 days? Me neither. The only way it happens is if Bettman and Donald Fehr prove they've been wasting everyone's time by "suddenly" pulling proposals from their briefcases the other side might agree on.

So, how much time do they really have to play 82 games?

With the help of our baby's Fisher-Price counting toy, it looks like there is a tiny bit of wiggle room. 

read on plus 30 thoughts...

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82 game season isnt worth it, 72 game season would be more exciting to watch and every game matters.

Posted by FlyersFan on 10/22/12 at 02:45 PM ET


I don’t see the need for an 82 game season either at this point. With SOOOO many teams losing SOOO much money, wouldn’t they opt for a shorter season and pro-rate the players salaries instead? Then shorten the first round of the playoffs to 3 out of 5 for the first two rounds as well and have this season done by June.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/22/12 at 03:02 PM ET

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Hockey1919, I can deal with a shortened season, but there is no way they should or would shorten the playoffs! Not only is it the most exciting hockey, but it’s also when the teams actually make money.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 10/22/12 at 03:16 PM ET


also when the teams actually make money.

If you are a player and see your salary slashed by a shortened season, I would think they would be asking for less games that they aren’t paid for. I think the MLB playoffs just showed us that an opening 5 game series can be quite compelling even though the first rounds in hockey are usually great.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/22/12 at 04:37 PM ET

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