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by George Malik on 04/13/11 at 06:20 PM ET
As reported by the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema, the NHL’s chief developmental arm, the American Hockey League, chose to make several very significant alterations to its scheduling procedures during its Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday:
Under the new play, the following modifications will take place:
—The regular-season schedule will be reduced from 80 games to 76;
—The playing calendar will be extended by one week;
—All sequences in which teams play four games in five nights will be eliminated;
—The first round of the Calder Cup playoffs will be reduced to a best-of-five series.
[Griffins GM Bob] McNamara said the changes had been discussed since the Griffins first joined the AHL in 2001, and the moves will be good for both players and fans.
“With the four games in five nights, those games were hard on the players with travel and sometimes the quality of those games were not very good,” McNamara said. “I think it will be good for the fans from that standpoint.”
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