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12-30-2012, 03:46 PM
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Signs of life from NHL infrastructure
For instance, from the time the NHL made a proposal in November that would have seen a full 82-game schedule played, the league’s scheduling guru Steve Hatze Petros has been constantly working on truncated schedules based on the moving target of a potential start date.
Regardless of when a season might start, a source told ESPN.com Sunday that none of the scheduling models at this stage involve games outside of the conferences. During the 48-game lockout-shortened 1995 season, teams likewise played only teams in their conference.
As for on-ice officials, who are among the forgotten casualties of this lockout given that they do not receive any pay and agreed at the outset of the lockout not to take jobs in other leagues, they had contact with league officials a few weeks ago when the league was hopeful of a Jan. 1 start to the regular season.
Although there hasn’t been contact since, it’s expected the officials would have a brief mini-camp, perhaps two days, as a kind of refresher to go over materials covered at the officials’ weeklong camp held in September before the lockout began.
The officials have been receiving weekly emails going over materials covered in September and they have also kept up with a regular weekly rules quiz during the lockout.
On another front, senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy and the hockey operations staff have been working with the information technology personnel at the NHL’s 30 rinks through the lockout to upgrade technology infrastructure. ... The technology upgrades will, among other things, allow better, quicker video access to the NHL’s so-called war room in Toronto of various feeds from the rinks. Had the season started on time in October, the upgrades would have been ongoing through the season. With the lockout, all upgrades should be in place for the start of a truncated season, a league source said Sunday. A memo to that effect recently went out to NHL arena technology staff.
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