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84 regular season games: talks are taking place

84 regular season games: talks are taking place

The NHL’s busy schedule isn’t necessarily optimal.

In 2024, Brandon Montour and Brad Lambert celebrated their Stanley Cup victory with their Panthers teammates on Sunday, and the next day they signed with another team. These are just a few of the many examples from recent years.

In 2024, the Cup was won on June 24. Three days later (27) was the trophy gala. The next two days (28-29) were the rematch. On the 30th: the Stanley Cup Parade, and the day after (today) the free agent market opened. Not that I don’t like it, but maybe we should think about spreading things out?

And tomorrow (July 2), the regular schedule for the 2024-2025 season will be officially announced.
We already know that the Canadiens will face the Leafs on October 9.

Speaking of schedules, the NHL and the players’ association have had preliminary discussions about an idea for a schedule for when the new collective bargaining agreement is passed.

Finally.

People do want fewer games and the NHL has decided… to add two. An 84-game schedule could be in the cards.

But as Pierre LeBrun pointed out, it is far from certain.

84 games is a bit much. 82 games is already a limit, I was hoping for a reduction of at least two games. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Shortening the season to 80 games would have been good for everyone except perhaps the profit-seeking owners and Alex Ovechkin, who would have two fewer games per season to break Wayne Gretzky’s scoring record.

In addition to extending the schedule, the two sides have discussed reducing the number of preseason games to four, starting the season earlier in October and crowning a Stanley Cup champion in early June instead of late June.
In short, the whole affair could push the NHL calendar back by about two weeks, giving people some time to catch their breath and enjoy the construction holiday.

To be continued. The collective labor agreement will not expire for another two years.

After a while

– Colin Miller is staying in Manitoba.

– The best attacking talent on the team.

– File to follow.

– That’s a good one.