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#1 Super_Canuck

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:19 PM

What do you guys think of having a shorter NHL regular season permanently? I, personally would love to see fewer games on the schedule in the regular season. IMO, 82 games are just too many, the season just drags on and the players become more fatigued which leads to a dip in the level of play. The more games you have, the less meaningful they become. I know football is a completely different sport, but look at the NFL. They only play 16 games and every game means so much.

I'd suggest having something like 60-70 games. I think this would produce more exciting hockey because 1) the players would be fresher and less fatigued with less work load 2) it would produce more meaningful games since there would be fewer games to be played.

This would also produce better and more exciting playoff hockey because of the above given reason #1. Start the playoffs in mid-march and have the cup handed out by mid May. This way you're not dragging it out all the way to mid June. The NHL playoffs would also not have to compete head to head with the NBA playoffs in the U.S market and we all the know the U.S market is what Bettman and league mostly care about. They'd get far better ratings and TV numbers if they start their playoffs one month prior to the NBA playoffs.

Of course, I know the NHL would never decrease the number of games because less games mean less revenue and we all know it's about the money. But I still, however, would like to see the season finish earlier even if it is an 82 game season.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:22 PM

whoops, double post, mods please delete this one. Thanks
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:18 AM

I kind of like the idea, but unfortunately the business is all about money, and I doubt the owners would be willing to decrease the amount of games. IMO it's more probable for an increase.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:39 AM

I actually like watching hockey whenever it's on, so I say no to a shorter season.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:43 AM

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:49 AM

I wouldn't mind a shorter season either and 60-70 games seems about right.

Add that to reducing the league by 2-4 teams and you got a pretty quality product.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:33 AM

Any season at all would be nice at this point.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

I actually sort of like this idea. We got so destroyed by the amount of games.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

62 game season, with an nfl style schedule having every team play on one day. For example, have "hockey nights" much like nfl sunday, every team in the nhl should play on saturday, and spread the games throughout the day giving plenty of oppurtunities to watch hockey.

Every wednesday night, and every saturday night, again with every team in the league playing would be awesome. The games would be more meaningful, more anticipated, and the players would be fresh and intense.

Also, the season should start half way through september instead of the second week of October. I'd much rather be watching hockey in September instead of of June.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

62 game season, with an nfl style schedule having every team play on one day. For example, have "hockey nights" much like nfl sunday, every team in the nhl should play on saturday, and spread the games throughout the day giving plenty of oppurtunities to watch hockey.

Every wednesday night, and every saturday night, again with every team in the league playing would be awesome. The games would be more meaningful, more anticipated, and the players would be fresh and intense.

Also, the season should start half way through september instead of the second week of October. I'd much rather be watching hockey in September instead of of June.

This would be an awesome idea, unfortunately like stated before the owners would lose too much money with 20 less games a season so I dont think they would be down.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

For me, being absolutely exhausted and beat up for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup is what makes is the best and most exciting trophy to win.

I like the fact that it's a huge grind to make it all the way.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

60 games tops and 24 teams, now that would be ideal.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

every team in the nhl should play on saturday, and spread the games throughout the day giving plenty of oppurtunities to watch hockey.


i think they already do that, saturdays usually nearly every team is in action and sometimes all 30 of them are. and they start as early as 12pm ET in some cities

Edited by Primus099, 03 November 2012 - 04:06 PM.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:36 PM

For me, being absolutely exhausted and beat up for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup is what makes is the best and most exciting trophy to win.

I like the fact that it's a huge grind to make it all the way.


Agree 100 percent.. Being able to turn it up and grab that extra gear after an 82 game grind is what makes hockey players so special. The playoffs clearly aren't slow and boring, it's the most intense hockey of the year and I don't see it getting any better because we cut 10 games off the season. Sure maybe the Sami salo's might be healthier but that will only help the weak and not showcase the strong like when u see a kesler go bananas against Nashville.

IMO it makes the cup easier to win and I want to win it like everyone has in the past, grinding it out with the heart and soul players
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