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11-14-2012, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ottawah View Post
One questions I'd ask before passing judgement.

"In fact, if the owners' Oct. 16 offer to end the NHL lockout and salvage an 82-game season had gone through, the game versus the Wild would have become the Bruins' home opener."

Is this in fact true? It is obvious that to do an 82 game schedule, some schedules would have had to be changed. Obviously games on the original slate were going to have to be moved around. I'm not sure you can just take the first game that would have been on a certain date and say for sure it would have been played.

But overall I think its more an issue for the league to deal with if they had explicitly told owners to keep those dates open and they booked it.

Personally I think its more of a case of Jacobs breaking (or bending) an internal rule based upon the fact he was close enough to negotiations to know there was no chance.
Yes, that game would have been played. (NHL would have "added" about one game every five weeks to make up for the games missed in October.)

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