Just a thought I had, wanted to see if there was any official NHL rule about it or if it was just generally not done because of other concerns (financial, insurance, etc.).
Can two teams agree to play an additional game (scrimmage)? During the regular season? At whatever location they wish (outside?)?
Can two teams agree to participate in some other form of competition? For instance, a "Atlantic Division All-star Game" or something? A "Devils-Rangers Hurricane Sandy Relief Charity Game"?
Just wondering if teams have the power to do such things outside the purview of the NHL, assuming the players agree to participate I guess (because their contracts wouldn't cover such things, I'm assuming).
The CBA limits the number of Exhibition Games to 9 during the season (including pre-season games) - but does not limit Exhibition Games to only the pre-season.
The players can receive no add'l payments for the game, and any revenues generated would likely be included in HRR.
I would also suspect that NHL & NHLPA permission would be required to schedule any Exhibition Games during the regular season.
Not only that, but at any time during the year. Both the league and PA would need to approve any additions beyond the CBA-mandated number of exhibition/pre-season games and regular season games. Obviously, playoff games are 'mandated' in the sense that you can't predict how many there will be, but it's understood that this is included in the package. Players' associations would take a keen interest in having total commitment spelled out, for obvious reasons.
I am guessing the specific rest/day off requirements would still need to be met.
But we've had situations where teams have played their AHL team during the season, guessing those fall within the 9 exhibition games kdb209 mentions. And likely why the reason is 9, because 8 pre-season games seem regular. Also guess the Oilers' yearly game against the Golden Bears is included in the 9.
Rookie tournaments must fall outside, if they are still allowed.