Read: How Tough The Regular Season Would Be For The Atlantic Teams

Last season vs the Atlantic Division:

  • The Rangers were 15-7-2
  • The Pens were 13-10-1
  • The Flyers were 11-11-2
  • The Devils were 13-11-0
  • The Islanders were 8-13-3

The Rangers could play each of the Atlantic teams SEVEN teams during the 48 game schedule.

Read: The Different Ways The 48 Game Schedule Could Break Down

In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes about the different combinations that the NHL could use to devise a 48 game schedule.

The schedule is going to be comprised of only conference games and could see the Rangers play the Atlantic Division teams SEVEN times each and the ten other Eastern Conference teams twice.

Another way the schedule could break down is for the Rangers to play eight teams THREE times each  and the other six teams FOUR teams.

Read: Don Cherry Says That By Mid-January We Will Have Hockey

Yesterday Don Cherry went on twitter and said “look to the middle of January for the game to return.”

Cherry adds “Don’t you remember the last time it was half a season and New Jersey won the Cup? It was a sprint not a marathon. Play within their own conference. Lots of action. The guys know every game is important. Won’t have the half season blahs. It will be terrific! They will go to the brink and then settle. Nobody in their right mind would kill the goose that lays these golden eggs.

Read: A 48 Game Season Wouldn’t Be A Sham/Season Should Be Shorter As It Is

In the Globe and Mail, James Mirtle writes that 82 games for the NHL is probably too many games and the regular season should probably be around 60 or so games.

In terms of this season, where the most games would be 48, Mirtle says that if you talk to anyone who played in the shortened season of 1995 and they would tell you how much fun and how exciting it was.

Mirtle writes “That shouldn’t come as a surprise either. Look at how physically demanding this sport really is, how beat up players get and at the travel the Western Conference teams go through and tightening the schedule should be a no-brainer.”

He adds that hockey is a sport that should be played twice a week instead of three or four times with back to backs.


Read: Is The NHL Really Willing To Cancel The Season?

At Yahoo, Nick Cotsonika writes that the NHL’s move to cancel games through January 14th has created a “soft” deadline for when the season needs to be saved.

Setting a hard deadline of January 15th would leave the NHL with little room for flexibility if Donald Fehr thought that the deadline was artificial and they would have to then follow through with cancelling the season.

He says that the NHL isn’t likely to go through the same process they did in 1995 when they had a deal in principle, started the season, but didn’t finalize the deal until later on when it didn’t turn out exactly like the NHL wanted it to.

Now, even after a deal is agreed upon in principle, there will need to be a week to draft documents and papers that have the precise language that will go into the CBA.


Adam Rotter: I have to think that the NHL, or at least Gary Bettman and the hard line owners, are serious about cancelling the season if a deal doesn’t get done.They may even take extra joy in doing so if the NHLPA thinks that it is only an artificial deadline and talks would continue after. The owners want to do what they can to hurt Donald Fehr and the PA, instead of doing the right thing which would be to embrace them as partners in a big effort to grow the game, and they may make another drastic move to get what they want.

Read: The Intensity Of A 48 Game Schedule

In the Ottawa Sun, Don Brennan writes about how players who played during the shortened season of 1994-95 embraced the schedule and the intensity and importance that each meeting brought.

Martin Brodeur said that the quality of play will be high when the league returns since “the guys can not wait to return” to the ice.

John Shannon tweeted yesterday that any schedule that is created for a shortened season will feature only conference games.

 

Read: Would You Think A Stanley Cup During A 48 Game Season is Tainted?

At the Sports Business Journal, Chris Botta writes about how Gary Bettman has said that he won’t allow the NHL to play a season that has fewer than 48 games.

The 1994-95 season started on January 20th and ended on May 3rd with the playoffs ending on June 24th.

Botta adds that there aren’t many league observers who view the Devils Stanley Cup win in 1995 as “tainted” because it only featured a regular season of 48 games.


Adam Rotter: Everything, to me, is about the playoffs and if you still need to go through 4 rounds and win 16 games then the Stanley Cup isn’t tainted. I don’t view the Devils in 95 as having a tainted championship or the Spurs or Heat who won NBA titles in lockout shortened seasons. If you make it through the grind of the playoffs then you deserve to call yourself champion.