Tuesday, December 05, 2006

So close: Schedule won't change...yet

From the Globe and Mail: The NHL Board of Governors discussed a possibility to drop the current scheduling concept and voted on it. The results were close apparently.

The governors fell one vote short of the required two-thirds majority on a motion to drop two of the eight games against teams in the same division and add home-and-home games against teams in the opposite conference. When only 19 of the 30 governors voted in favour of the move, the NHL decided to maintain the status quo.

Dammit!
Word is that it will be examined further in mid-January during the All Star Weekend in Dallas. So all hope is not lost.

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At December 5, 2006 at 6:54 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

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At December 5, 2006 at 6:56 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

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At December 5, 2006 at 8:20 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Burke said it is not sound thinking (I'm paraphrasing here LOL) to change how the schedulke works in order for the rest of the league to see two players - Crosby and Ovechkin. He said that teams play against teams, and not against players.

Too bad. Guess I'll have to wait two more years before Jan Bulis' return to Montreal!

Burke's opinion comes from the viewpoint of a GM with an arena full of fans. If he were in Chicago, the comment would be different.

 
At December 5, 2006 at 8:40 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I didn't read his comments, but I'd say Burke is missing the entire point. It isn't just about two players, or four players, or eighteen players. It's about giving the fans a chance to see every single team, and the West not having to wait ages to see teams like Montreal, Toronto, Boston, etc. It's about building genuine rivalry rather than forcing us to watch our division opponents every other night. It's also about increased exposure in the smaller markets.

Burke's opinion comes from the viewpoint of a GM with an arena full of fans.

I suspect that this is at least part of his rationale.

You may have to wait a lot longer for the Return of the Bulisian Wonder. I have a feeling that "waivers" are in his future and I doubt anyone will pick him up!

 
At December 5, 2006 at 8:40 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well whenever Bulis does come to Montreal...SHOOT HIM and put him out of his misery and off our team!

RC, I underestimated the Habs at the beginning of the season. So far they look pretty damn good. They've got alot of character.

 
At December 5, 2006 at 9:14 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke is missing the point by miles.

Not surprising that there is never any consensus in the NHL.They never operate from a "what's best for the league "perspective. It's always I, me, mine!

Remember George Steinbrenner's quote about not giving a crap about the Montreal Expos.

With a figurehead commish like Bettman who has no insight into the game, I fear changes will only be for the worse.

Yeah, the habs have character, just not in the second period. They also have Alexei Kovalev, who I am about to sling some arrows at soon.

 

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