*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.*
There are so many people I could be referring to with that sort of headline.
Van Halen getting rid of David Lee Roth? The Rangers getting rid of Dominic Moore?
Actually, I’m referring to the word out of Dallas that the NHL Board of Governors are looking to “return the schedule to its pre-lockout format”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2739579, with divisional rivals meeting only six times a season instead of eight, and all other teams meeting at least once.
This is actually a much bigger issue in the Western Conference, where many teams aren’t getting a chance to stars in the East like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Alexander Ovechkin, or even traditional favorites like the Canadiens and the Rangers. In fact, word is the whole uprising started when fans in Edmonton complained they were deprived of the chance to see more Blair Betts. I kid, of course.
Anyway, I suppose it’d be the right move. As much as there is an extra charge in the Garden when the Rangers meet the Islanders or Devils, it loses just a bit based on the fact that the teams seem to be playing one another every week. Six games a season is probably a more reasonable number, although the Rangers wouldn’t have the luxury of as many nights sleeping in their own beds. And this is probably not as ideal for reporters like myself who are already constrained by limited travel budgets.
But again, it’s all about the greater good. And if I can put a smile on a kid’s face in Western Canada by letting him see a Karel Rachunek giveaway, then I’m all for it….