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01-23-2007, 08:30 AM
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NHL NOT changing schedule...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2739579

Seems as though they may go back to playing division rivals 6 times instead of 8. I was kind of getting used to rivalries coming back. The cite the Eastern Conference cornering the market on marquee players (i.e., Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin). If that's true, it'll be an interesting knee-jerk reaction.

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01-23-2007, 09:00 AM
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If it's true then that's lame, I too thought we were headed in a good direction schedule wise anyway. If the west is worried about the east cornering all the good players, then I guess they'll just have to start lossing more games. That way come next draft they'll be all set. Ovechkin and Crosby are just a crappy year away.

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01-23-2007, 09:11 AM
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I'm actually thrilled about this for two reasons:

1. I felt robbed not being able to watch the rangers play certain west teams at least once a year.

2. The increased number of division games cheapened the value of each game in my opininon, fewer games against the division means each one of those is that more important to the standings and to the rivalry itself.

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01-23-2007, 09:16 AM
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I'm actually thrilled about this for two reasons:

1. I felt robbed not being able to watch the rangers play certain west teams at least once a year.

2. The increased number of division games cheapened the value of each game in my opininon, fewer games against the division means each one of those is that more important to the standings and to the rivalry itself.
Totally agree. I'm getting tired of playing the Devils once a week, it's taken away from the rivalry, not added to it.

Rivalries are built in the playoffs, not the regular season, and in the playoffs the divisions are pretty much tossed out. You play conference teams, who may or may not be in your division. Trying to build rivalries during the regular season seems artificial.

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01-23-2007, 09:32 AM
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I'd like for it to change, but your buddy says not just yet:

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But Bettman remains unconvinced there will be the two-thirds majority required to make a change.

''What has happened is we've given this a very thorough examination and nobody as yet has suggested something that everybody likes better, which tells you that there's a great deal of merit in the current schedule,'' Bettman said. ''There are some people…not a lot, not a majority, not even close to a majority who are critical of (the current format). When we put this to bed, everyone will be comfortable, one way or another.''
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=193261&hubname=nhl

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01-23-2007, 10:41 AM
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I don't see big difference there. What could have made a difference is elimination of East/West conferences when comes to playoffs. I'd mixed all 16 playoffs teams and would let Vancouver to get Pittsburgh
in the 1st round so they could see Crosby on their ice. Teams wouldn't mind to travel during playoffs, while it is clearly a burden for any team during the regular season.

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01-23-2007, 10:57 AM
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The NHL will stay the course and will not change the regular schedule for at least one more year. That was the decision made by the league's board of governors on Tuesday in an effort to deal with its much-debated scheduling concerns.
http://www.tsn.ca/news_story.asp?ID=193326&hubName=main

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01-23-2007, 11:25 AM
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Same schedule next season means the Rangers will go to Vancouver,Calgary,Edmonton,Minnesota and Colorado and Anaheim,LA,SJ,Dallas and Phoenix visit the Garden next season

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Thank Lou Lamoriello for this. Even with a new arena he's afraid of getting 8,000 paid attendance (5,000 actual) for a home game against the Canucks. He wants the Rangers in four times, not three, to artificially inflate the Devils' attendance.

And with eight games against the Rangers, even those games don't come close to a sellout anymore.

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01-23-2007, 12:00 PM
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Wow. I don't even know why I bother getting excited anymore when I hear about the league considering a change that I agree with. It almost never happens. Just another brilliant idea from the NHL, like playing the All-Star game on a weeknight.

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Thank Lou Lamoriello for this. Even with a new arena he's afraid of getting 8,000 paid attendance (5,000 actual) for a home game against the Canucks. He wants the Rangers in four times, not three, to artificially inflate the Devils' attendance.

And with eight games against the Rangers, even those games don't come close to a sellout anymore.
I don't think Devils would draw much interest in Vancouver either.
They should start call themselves NY Devils. Lots of Isles fans would switch.

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I'm actually thrilled about this for two reasons:

1. I felt robbed not being able to watch the rangers play certain west teams at least once a year.

2. The increased number of division games cheapened the value of each game in my opininon, fewer games against the division means each one of those is that more important to the standings and to the rivalry itself.
agreed!!

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I was just talking with my brother about this the other day, too. Great move by the NHL.

After all, how do you drum up interest in a rivalry when the teams will just play again the next week? There's a reason why college football has the best rivalries in all of sports, and that's because you only get to play each other once a year.

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I like this idea. The current NHL schedule sucks. There is no rivalry between the Rangers and Isles anymore since they play each other so much. Im sick of seeing the Penguins each week.

I hope itll be more like 03-04. Those Ranger-Isles games were good. There was a big rivalry a few years ago ON THE ICE. Now it seems like the only part of the rivalry between the Rangers and the Isles is between the fans, not the on-ice product.

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^Guys, read through the entire topic. Someone posted a link saying that they're sticking with the current schedule for next year. There will be no change.


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^Guys, read through the entire topic. Someone posted a link saying that they're sticking with the current schedule for next year. There will be no change.

Ah, would you look at that.

Very well, we can all resume our Bettman sucks mantras. But it was nice to have some positive things to say on the way the NHL is being run, even if did only last for an hour or so.

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UPDATE, 12:45: Never mind. From ESPN.COM: There won’t be an imminent change in the NHL schedule, after all. After sources indicated that the NHL’s board of governors were set to revert back to the pre-lockout schedule format, the group was again unable to reach an agreement on the issue when it met Tuesday morning in Dallas.

Sounds like the collective bargaining nonsense all over again.

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01-23-2007, 02:48 PM
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You guys are making way too much out of this schedule issue.The Rangers won't play five teams next season-Columbus,Chicago,St.Louis,Detroit and Nashville.If you really want to see the Rangers play those teams you will get your chance since the Rangers are playing four of those teams at the Garden in the next couple of months

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I kind of like...

playing the Devils, etc., 8 times a year. While some may think it dilutes the 'rivalry' aspect, I actually think it intensifies a bit, but additionally, it does create a more interesting race where so many game are your proverbial '4 point' games, and those games seem more meaningful (a win's a win, but beating a division opponent is sweeter and more valuable).

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If this is true, it'll mean two less sellouts for the Islanders and Devils.

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If this is true, it'll mean two less sellouts for the Islanders and Devils.
The Islanders yes. Not the Devils, they can't even sell out Ranger games this year.

But it will replace a Ranger game with 17,000 fans with a Canuck game with 8,000 fans.

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Changed the title of the thread just so there's no confusion.

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Playing any team 8 times in the regular season is such overkill.

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Playing any team 8 times in the regular season is such overkill.
I disagree completely. In the 80's and early 90's Patrick Division teams played each other 7 times while other divisions played each other 8 times. Hockey was at its best at that time.

Give me as many division games as possible. In July when the schedule is released and I begin dividing up my tickets, the people who I regularly sell to are all looking to get games against the Flyers, Devils, Isles, and Penguins. Next would be the Habs and Leafs. After that, they are just throw-ins.

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I disagree completely. In the 80's and early 90's Patrick Division teams played each other 7 times while other divisions played each other 8 times. Hockey was at its best at that time.

Give me as many division games as possible. In July when the schedule is released and I begin dividing up my tickets, the people who I regularly sell to are all looking to get games against the Flyers, Devils, Isles, and Penguins. Next would be the Habs and Leafs. After that, they are just throw-ins.
There was also 20-26 teams at the time. There wasn't an issue with playing other teams at least twice a season. You didn't have to worry about waiting 3 years to see Gretzky and the Oilers at the Garden. That is one of the many evils of a 30 team league.

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