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02-22-2010, 03:09 PM
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A Shorter NHL Season

Do you guys think a shorter NHL season would help the league? Less games to wear down the players so they can play harder every night, makes each game a bit of a bigger deal, and might even prevent a few injuries.

I'm not saying turn into the NFL and only have 16 games. I'm talking about around 60 - 70 games a year. Baseball and Basketball have long seasons too, but those aren't full contact sports like Hockey is.

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02-22-2010, 03:13 PM
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The main revenue for teams comes from ticket sales. To make up the loss of games, they'd have to charge much more for tickets, thereby driving people away from their biggest income.

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No. This is a terrible idea. It takes most teams a while to hit their stride in the season. Ending it 20 games early would lead to teams making the playoffs that wouldn't normally and teams not making that would normally. Right now a team has time to turn it around after a slump. You take 20 games off the season and if a team has a bad month, you can count them out of the playoffs.

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02-22-2010, 03:26 PM
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If you could convince the PA to drop salaries in proportion to the number of games lost (), you might have a shot.

Also, do arena leases specify a number of days that a team must occupy the building? Is '41 nights, plus playoffs' written into the agreement?

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02-22-2010, 03:45 PM
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I would be in favor of a 70-72 game season, starting October 1st-2nd for everyone. The Cup should be raised in late May, not June. Plus, two fewer games a month on average would lead to better games and fewer injuries.

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02-22-2010, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
If you could convince the PA to drop salaries in proportion to the number of games lost (), you might have a shot.
This. Less games would mean players would have to make less salary. I have hard time believing they'd ever go for that.

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01-08-2013, 01:27 AM
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Shorter season this year (three years later). Everybody will still get all menapausal by the middle of the season anyways.

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