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from Kevin McGuire of The Comeback,

Opening up against the NFL and the baseball postseason immediately puts the NHL’s regular season hiding deep in the shadows and will ensure it easily gets overlooked. Maybe the NHL has accepted its fate in the pecking order of sports. If so, then that is unsettling as the league tries to expand and grow its product. Maybe the fault falls on the teams, and perhaps it varies by market, but once again the start of the NHL season has seemed to get underway with all of the sports attention focused elsewhere. That even includes preseason basketball as the NBA continues to improve its push to promote its product. The NHL’s loss has long been the NBA’s gain. People tune in to summer league NBA games and will be more likely to discuss what’s happening in a preseason game before they even think about what happened in an NHL regular season game few knew was being played.

As a casual hockey fan myself, I generally do not tune in much to the NHL until after the college football bowl season and the NFL playoffs. 

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Primis's avatar

As a casual hockey fan myself, I generally do not tune in much to the NHL until after the college football bowl season and the NFL playoffs.

That’s not even a casual fan.  There’s your problem—overestimating your position and place in the pecking order and world.

Posted by Primis on 10/06/17 at 01:14 PM ET

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That’s funny

Posted by SlimChance on 10/06/17 at 01:52 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

During the last lockout (which one, ami right!??!), several owners of U.S. franchises lamented that they’d prefer a season that began mid-December.

With scoring at a low not seen since the 50’s, would it even matter if the league went from 82 games to 50 (player salaries/revenue notwithstanding).

It’s not like anyone’s going to come close to breaking Gretkzy’s marks, or for the league to even boast about multiple 50 goal scorers or 100 point leaders.

I have a feeling if it weren’t for the CDN franchises and the handful of diehard U.S. markets, the NHL would be a 5 month season (playoffs included).

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/06/17 at 02:38 PM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

I’d love a shorter season. 82 games is just too many, should be closer to 60. Less injuries is a fringe benefit as well and to some degree that should get the PA on board (after they figure out how to restructure salaries).

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 10/06/17 at 02:44 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

The season’s way too long (as is NBA and MLB) but it would take an act of congress to get these owners to knock 20 games of revenue off their portfolio.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 10/06/17 at 02:47 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I’d love a shorter season. 82 games is just too many, should be closer to 60. Less injuries is a fringe benefit as well and to some degree that should get the PA on board (after they figure out how to restructure salaries).

Totally agree.
And then maybe the playoffs would wrap-up before it’s 100F outside.
The season should be done by May 2-4 weekend, IMO.

And I think it would be possible if the league introduced a sort of escrow where the players could retain their current salaries, but if it goes over the 50% (or whatever it currently is), then they pay back.

While we’re chatting, with a 60 game season, I’d love to see every team play a home-and-home and rank the teams 1-31. The top 16 make it. Done.

I’d also love to see the rosters reduced from 18 skaters to 15. The stars should be on the ice more than they currently are.
A top line forward should be getting 25+ minutes a night.
With a 60 game schedule, that means more time between games so less fatigue.
And if there’s less dummies on the ice, then there’s a chance there’s dangerous plays.
Imagine a league without the Tom Wilsons and Andrew Shaws? Much safer, more creative. Better hockey.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/06/17 at 02:49 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Sorry, “less dangerous plays”.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/06/17 at 02:50 PM ET

Paul's avatar

It will never happen because of the money, not only salaries but rink revenue, etc.

But if up to me, cut off 2 games, 4 from the preseason, start around Sept. 20th and finish by the end of May.

Then make sure all NHL activities and even ufa day are basically over by June 20th.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/06/17 at 02:57 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Agreed Paul. It’ll never happen as the owners want more games, not less.
I think Ken Holland even proposed going with a 4 game pre-season schedule and then playing a 90 game season (or something like that).
The NHL is not the NBA or MLB. It’s a lot more physical. Should be 60-65 games tops.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/06/17 at 03:04 PM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

I’ve long advocated for a 70 game season. I know I, even as a huge, diehard fan of hockey (and not just Wings hockey), that I’m getting tired of the regular season around mid-Feb, and am ready to just get the playoffs started already. It would also give teams that made deep playoff runs longer to rest if they’re not playing into June and then have to report to camp in Sept. But the owners won’t go for it in a million years, of course.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 10/06/17 at 03:23 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The NHL’s loss has long been the NBA’s gain.

Wait, WHAT?!?! 

As a casual hockey fan myself, I generally do not tune in much to the NHL until after the college football bowl season and the NFL playoffs.

Ohhhh, now I get it.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/06/17 at 03:39 PM ET

DocF's avatar

I would sooner have my eyeballs ripped out by an upset bald eagle than to be forced to watch an NBA game.  That is said even while I readily acknowledge that college basketball is a great sport, second only to hockey.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/06/17 at 04:15 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

A shorter season makes sense, but as a fan of the greatest hockey players on the planet, I support the NHL its current state  

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/06/17 at 04:29 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I would sooner have my eyeballs ripped out by an upset bald eagle than to be forced to watch an NBA game.  That is said even while I readily acknowledge that college basketball is a great sport, second only to hockey.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/06/17 at 05:15 PM ET

I wish I could Upvote this.  And then Like it too.

Posted by Primis on 10/06/17 at 05:28 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

The NHL played a 70 game schedule before expansion in 1967. That would be a nice compromise, but again everything revolves around money.  smirk

Posted by bigfrog on 10/06/17 at 09:53 PM ET

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