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01-20-2010, 02:04 PM
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NHL Schedule Change

I was thinking of a way to improve the NHL schedule.

So here it is:

Training Camp/Pre-Season:

Training camp will begin for each team Sept 1 and end on Sept 20. Teams will have ten games to play in pre-season. Final rosters must be made Oct 8, which will be the last day for pre-season games.

74 Game Season:
First game will be played Oct 15. Each team will play every opposing conference team twice. One game at home, and one game at the opposing team.
Each team will play every team in conference twice more. One game at home, and one at the opposing team.
Remaining 16 games are played against divisional teams. Where four sets will be played back to back.
Final games will be played on March 16.

All Star Week:
Each conference has their own game. Fans select the players from each conference to play. Minimum of one player from each team will play. NHL makes the final roster. Both games will be held out doors (unless unable [ie LA]). Hosts will be chosen at random through lottery. Once the team has hosted, they are not allowed to host their conference all star game until every team has hosted. Games will be scheduled after all teams have reached the midway point (37 games).

Trade Deadline:
Trade deadline will always be on March 1. In addition to this, on February 29 to March 1st, teams can buyout players with no penalty against the cap. Thus creating more trades, and an unheard of signings mid season to join new teams. Trade deadline will be at 17:00 EST and end time to sign new players will be 23:59 EST.

Playoffs:
Maximum 28 Game Playoffs starting one week after March 16 (March 23). Final playoff game will be played on May 15.

NHL Week:
Now this is a radicle change.
This will take place every June 16 to 23.
It will begin with two days of concerts and events for the fans.
The third day will be Western Conference vs Eastern Conference skills competition chosen by the fans again.
Fourth day will be the Western Conference vs Eastern Conference all star game.
Fifth day will be another big day for the fans where lucky contest winners can play road hockey with members of their favorite NHL team and win the first ever NHL Street Hockey Cup. There will be 4 divisions. This will be done by age. 21-30, 31-40, 41-50 and finally 21-50. One team from each division can win the cup. In addition one team from each country that is represented by an NHL player will have a team per division.
Day six will be the NHL awards.
Day seven will be another day of concerts and events for the fans.
Host cities will be chosen by bid to NHL.

Draft and Free Agency will stay the same.



If I didn't make anything clear, please ask. Otherwise flame away, or tell me what you like.
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I would go with an 84 game season and play every team in the conference 3 times. Alternating the team that gets two home games from year to year.

In addition to that now that I have read everything. I would only consider only one of all-star week or nhl week. Oh ya a 10 game pre-season would be far too long and boring. Shorten the pre-season and make the regular season longer.


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It would be nice to see teams play a game against each other in their respective AHL affiliate's barn during preseason. Not many get to see an NHL game at all!

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It would be nice to see teams play a game against each other in their respective AHL affiliate's barn during preseason. Not many get to see an NHL game at all!
That would be a very neat idea. But I think the final 2 or 3 games when rosters are being closer to being finalized should be played in NHL rinks.

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I would go with an 84 game season and play every team in the conference 3 times. Alternating the team that gets two home games from year to year.

In addition to that now that I have read everything. I would only consider only one of all-star week or nhl week. Oh ya a 10 game pre-season would be far too long and boring. Shorten the pre-season and make the regular season longer.
All Star Week & NHL Week - I thought this would be a good idea to promote players only in each conference, especially how close it is to the NHL trade deadline. So not only is it great for fans, but it is great for GM's. Also, having two big events like this will draw the people anyways, and allows the league to make a lot of money.

Pre-Season - I thought this too when making it. But this length and that many games will allow these players to be in great shape and have their heads in the game. We see it every year how long it takes some players to get used to play again. Hopefully this would speed up the process.


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I don't think you'd get the BOG to go for it, losing eight games a season is a lot of revenue.

This is what I'd like to see: play each team 2 times, 1 at home 1 away. That's 58 games, play everyone in your conference 1 extra time at random home or away but it must equal out(ie 7 home 7 away).

That brings it up to 72 games. Then play 2 more against each divisional opponent 1 away and 1 at home. Bringing the total up to 80 games.

10 teams from each conference would make the play-offs. Any team that doesn't make the play-offs is entered into a draw for the 1st overall pick with equal odds of being drawn.

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01-20-2010, 02:31 PM
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I don't think you'd get the BOG to go for it, losing eight games a season is a lot of revenue.

This is what I'd like to see: play each team 2 times, 1 at home 1 away. That's 58 games, play everyone in your conference 1 extra time at random home or away but it must equal out(ie 7 home 7 away).

That brings it up to 72 games. Then play 2 more against each divisional opponent 1 away and 1 at home. Bringing the total up to 80 games.

10 teams from each conference would make the play-offs. Any team that doesn't make the play-offs is entered into a draw for the 1st overall pick with equal odds of being drawn.
That I like. But would rather keep the play off format the same. So the remaining 14 teams that do not make the play offs are placed into the draw.

To add to this, what if all remaining 14 teams are entered into the draw but the 15th placed West and Eastern teams? Those two teams will play one game the day before playoffs, and the winning team receives first overall, and the loser second?

In regards to lost revenue, if what is made during the NHL All Star week and NHL Week is divided into a way where the league makes a portion, and a portion goes to all 30 teams that would be best. In theory if it is a success, teams should only lose the value of maybe 4 games this way.


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should shorten the pre-season games in half, and extend the regular season, move the all-star break till the end of the playoffs - like the pro bowl, and make it a week long event, but after the skills/all-star game are all done, that city also holds the NHL Entry Draft

play each team in opposing conference 2 times (home and away) = 30 Games
play each team within your conference 4 times (2 home / 2 away) = 56 Games

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I want to see a schedule where the oilers play games against ECHL or beer league teams--they might stand a chance

as for the league nuking 4 home games and 4 road games per team? aint going to happen

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One flaw I see is the buyout period. If you allow buyouts right before the deadline, GMs will be too busy signing guys for free to make many trades. The buyout should be after the draft but before free agent day, givingg the GMs one last chance to get together and try and move guys before buying them out. And if a GM doesn't have enough foresight to rid himself of his problem contracts then he should have his hands tied come deadline.

Other then that some good ideas.

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That would be a very neat idea. But I think the final 2 or 3 games when rosters are being closer to being finalized should be played in NHL rinks.
No Question about it, it would just shine a light on the Community that supports them!

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One flaw I see is the buyout period. If you allow buyouts right before the deadline, GMs will be too busy signing guys for free to make many trades. The buyout should be after the draft but before free agent day, givingg the GMs one last chance to get together and try and move guys before buying them out. And if a GM doesn't have enough foresight to rid himself of his problem contracts then he should have his hands tied come deadline.

Other then that some good ideas.
That is very true. I did not think of that.
Perhaps they can have that buyout period, but signings can only happen on the trade deadline day?

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I would like to see every team play 3 games a week, (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). So there is no advantage to schedules, no spots were you don't play for a week and then bam you play 5 games in 7 nights. It would be bad for tv in the US either if you have a prime time game on either Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday, kind of like the Monday nighter in football.

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think I would like to see every team play 3 games a week, (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). So there is no advantage to schedules, no spots were you don't play for a week and then bam you play 5 games in 7 nights. It would be bad for tv in the US either if you have a prime time game on either Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday, kind of like the Monday nighter in football.
I don't think that this would have an advantage. Because of the all star week. I think all teams would have to play 3-4 games per week to fit everything in. Minimum of two I would think. I'm no pro at scheduling teams lol. But I think that's how it would have to be done.

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I'd rather see them cut the training camp shorter than cut the regular season shorter.

Do we really need to see the first three pre-season games with 3 regulards 3-4 bubble players and AHL fodder?

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I'd rather see them cut the training camp shorter than cut the regular season shorter.

Do we really need to see the first three pre-season games with 3 regulards 3-4 bubble players and AHL fodder?
Those bubble players/AHL fodder's must surprise you when given the time to play with elite talent.

As everyone seems not to be a fan with the length, what if instead of ten games, it is marked down to 5-8 games, but still the same time period.

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That I like. But would rather keep the play off format the same. So the remaining 14 teams that do not make the play offs are placed into the draw.

In regards to lost revenue, if what is made during the NHL All Star week and NHL Week is divided into a way where the league makes a portion, and a portion goes to all 30 teams that would be best. In theory if it is a success, teams should only lose the value of maybe 4 games this way.
So you plan on taking away 120 NHL regular Season games and replace 60 games of revenue with 3 games and 2 weeks of events? You are still losing 60 games of revenue which is going to effect the leagues yearly revenue which will affect the Salary Cap, which will put a lot of teams in a bind when the Cap drops drastically in one year.

How much money do you think can be made when the Allstar game's are in Phoenix Florida and Atlanta?

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So you plan on taking away 120 NHL regular Season games and replace 60 games of revenue with 3 games and 2 weeks of events? You are still losing 60 games of revenue which is going to effect the leagues yearly revenue which will affect the Salary Cap, which will put a lot of teams in a bind when the Cap drops drastically in one year.

How much money do you think can be made when the Allstar game's are in Phoenix Florida and Atlanta?
Now, I never did say that it would be any time soon did I?
For this type of change to happen, it would have to be after the current CBA. Thus a whole cap change and how the league is run. And league revenue will not impact teams as much.

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Those bubble players/AHL fodder's must surprise you when given the time to play with elite talent.
They usually do in the first 3 or so games, then when everyone else starts to play more of their regulars they sink back down pretty fast.

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As everyone seems not to be a fan with the length, what if instead of ten games, it is marked down to 5-8 games, but still the same time period.
To me, it makes no sense having over a month for training camp and pre-season and cutting the season short.

I'd rather see NHL hockey start on Oct 1st and play the full 82 game season. Cut pre-season down to 6 games and go from there.

This isn't 1985 anymore. These guys are all in shape and most have been on the ice for a month anyways when Sept 1st rolls around.

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One flaw I see is the buyout period. If you allow buyouts right before the deadline, GMs will be too busy signing guys for free to make many trades. The buyout should be after the draft but before free agent day, givingg the GMs one last chance to get together and try and move guys before buying them out. And if a GM doesn't have enough foresight to rid himself of his problem contracts then he should have his hands tied come deadline.

Other then that some good ideas.
I like the Feb. 29 buyout idea -- one penalty-free buyout every 4 years isn't a bad way to go about things. It allows for market correction (ie. buyout a contract signed during a period of rising cap [inflated value] during an economic slump [dropping cap]).

As for All-Star week, they should make it so the winning conference of the game/skills competition hosts the SCF. This gives the players something to play for and will lead to a more competitive game.

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I like the Feb. 29 buyout idea -- one penalty-free buyout every 4 years isn't a bad way to go about things. It allows for market correction (ie. buyout a contract signed during a period of rising cap [inflated value] during an economic slump [dropping cap]).

As for All-Star week, they should make it so the winning conference of the game/skills competition hosts the SCF. This gives the players something to play for and will lead to a more competitive game.
The all star week I had proposed is each conference has their own.
I like the winning team each conference gets home advantage in the finals like in baseball, but this idea would not work in my proposed idea.
The only time the West plays the East in an All Star game is during NHL Week

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They usually do in the first 3 or so games, then when everyone else starts to play more of their regulars they sink back down pretty fast.



To me, it makes no sense having over a month for training camp and pre-season and cutting the season short.

I'd rather see NHL hockey start on Oct 1st and play the full 82 game season. Cut pre-season down to 6 games and go from there.

This isn't 1985 anymore. These guys are all in shape and most have been on the ice for a month anyways when Sept 1st rolls around.
Why do you think that the Oilers had a Mini camp in the middle of the season? Because they sucked, but also because their pre season was too fast, they barely had any time to practice as a team and get the systems nailed down. I don't want to see the preseason cutting into the regular season at all but I do think the preseason is valuable for teams and shouldn't be cut down too short. Now this years pre season was cut short because of the Olympic break, but usually i think it is a good length.

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Now, I never did say that it would be any time soon did I?
For this type of change to happen, it would have to be after the current CBA. Thus a whole cap change and how the league is run. And league revenue will not impact teams as much.
Ok even if you had this implemented to be phased in over the next 10 years or so how do you propose to convince the NHL its Owners and the Players to make less money?

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Ok even if you had this implemented to be phased in over the next 10 years or so how do you propose to convince the NHL its Owners and the Players to make less money?
That's for the league to come up with

This was just an idea I had for a change of schedule and change of events for the game is all. I never said I was a business analyst or some sort.

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I don't see them going away from an 82 game schedule.

My Proposal:

Bare with me here, it's pretty long.



Start the season earlier and finish the season earlier.

edit: I like your idea of fan week.

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That's for the league to come up with

This was just an idea I had for a change of schedule and change of events for the game is all. I never said I was a business analyst or some sort.
Well I'm sorry but the NHL is a business. So unless the changes will make them more money they likely wouldn't go for it.

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