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by Paul on 01/24/07 at 11:53 AM ET
from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,
“It’s the same eight guys. They’d vote against free Viagra,” said one Western Conference executive.
What kind of stings Canadians though, is that heading into a 2007-08 season in which the Northeast and Northwest Divisions are not scheduled to meet at all, the Montreal Canadiens were one of 10 teams who twice voted against altering the current NHL schedule. But it gets worse.
What really hurts is, the swing vote for the whole day came down to the Ottawa Senators, who changed their minds from one motion to the next, thus ensuring that Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton do not meet Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa next season. Not to mention submarining the CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada triple-header, which will likely now become four games, with Buffalo and Detroit drawing into the picture.
added 9:27am, from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Why would Ottawa, Montreal and nine other franchises vote no?
This is about the Washington Capitals not having a game outside their time zone after they played the Oilers here on Oct. 28.
This is about the Rangers, Islanders and Devils playing each other eight times without having to leave home and, at the same time, fill each other’s rinks using each other’s fans.
This is about players sleeping in their own beds after most of their scheduled games on the road in most Eastern markets.
This is about having the hammer in negotiations with players who would rather play in the no-travel East than the West.
added 9:40am, from Ed Willis of the Province,
You’d like to think that, just once, the NHL board of governors would focus on the good of the game instead of their own self-interests.
You’d like to think that, just once, these men would demonstrate they’re worthy of the responsibility with which they’ve been entrusted and they’d be able to put the fans’ wishes ahead of their team’s concerns.
You’d like to think the BOG—and seldom has an acronym been more telling—would listen to the uproar from the game’s stakeholders and plot a course that suggests their league is no longer mired in 1973.
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