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12/3/2006 12:11:33 PM


The NHL's unbalanced schedule will be front and centre when owners meet Monday and Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla.

The owners will try to find the consensus their GMs could not. Despite the talk coming out of the GMs meeting in early November that the schedule would likely remain the same for next season, the owners can change it if they find a solution that appeases two thirds of the room this week.

There remains a faction, mostly from Western Conference teams, that will press for change, wanting more outside conference games so that stars such as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin make the rounds in every arena. Still, reaching consensus won't be easy.

Also on the agenda this week will be playoff bracketing. Teams currently get reseeded after the first round of the playoffs based on regular-season finish, but owners may vote to change the format so that teams are bracketed - NCAA basketball-style - and know who they will face in the second round no matter who wins.

For example, if No. 8 Vancouver plays No. 1 Anaheim in the first playoff round, the survivor would automatically play the winner of the No. 4 San Jose and No. 5 Detroit series, regardless of whether the Canucks upset the Ducks or not.

Owners will also get a look at the early projected revenue numbers for this season.

Contrary to popular belief, NHL revenues are not expected to ''flatline'' this season. Sources indicate owners will be told that ''medium growth'' is expected at this point, which means the US$44-million, team-by-team salary cap will raise again next season, although not nearly as much as the $5-million jump from last year when revenues blew away initial projections.

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Canadian Press
12/3/2006 12:11:33 PM


The NHL's unbalanced schedule will be front and centre when owners meet Monday and Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla.

The owners will try to find the consensus their GMs could not. Despite the talk coming out of the GMs meeting in early November that the schedule would likely remain the same for next season, the owners can change it if they find a solution that appeases two thirds of the room this week.

There remains a faction, mostly from Western Conference teams, that will press for change, wanting more outside conference games so that stars such as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin make the rounds in every arena. Still, reaching consensus won't be easy.

Also on the agenda this week will be playoff bracketing. Teams currently get reseeded after the first round of the playoffs based on regular-season finish, but owners may vote to change the format so that teams are bracketed - NCAA basketball-style - and know who they will face in the second round no matter who wins.

For example, if No. 8 Vancouver plays No. 1 Anaheim in the first playoff round, the survivor would automatically play the winner of the No. 4 San Jose and No. 5 Detroit series, regardless of whether the Canucks upset the Ducks or not.

Owners will also get a look at the early projected revenue numbers for this season.

Contrary to popular belief, NHL revenues are not expected to ''flatline'' this season. Sources indicate owners will be told that ''medium growth'' is expected at this point, which means the US$44-million, team-by-team salary cap will raise again next season, although not nearly as much as the $5-million jump from last year when revenues blew away initial projections.

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I guess this player isn't the star, he's another Bertuzzi. What will people see when he comes to Western Canada... Another injury?

Sidney Crossby is the man. Lol sorry for being offtopic.

Yes i hate NHL schedule. They should chnage it.
 

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Dreger: Things to watch for at meetings

Darren Dreger
12/3/2006 6:43:20 PM


Its unlikely this week's Board of Governors meetings in Florida will produce any jaw dropping news, but as is the case every year there are a handful of items worthy of our attention.

Jim Balsillie, Pittsburgh's new owner in waiting will meet with the Executive Committee on Monday to further discuss arena plans and the long term stability of the Penguins. However, the board will not vote on approval of the sale until later this month.

The Board will be asked to approve the sale of John McCaw's interest in the Vancouver Canucks to Francesco Aquilini.

NHLPA Executive Director, Ted Saskin will make a presentation on Monday afternoon on behalf of the players, dealing with a myriad of topics including escrow, an ongoing debate over how to police headshots in the NHL, plus, the players likes and dislikes with regard to scheduling.

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The owners will try to find the consensus their GMs could not. Despite the talk coming out of the GMs meeting in early November that the schedule would likely remain the same for next season, the owners can change it if they find a solution that appeases two thirds of the room this week.

There remains a faction, mostly from Western Conference teams, that will press for change, wanting more outside conference games so that stars such as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin make the rounds in every arena. Still, reaching consensus won't be easy.
I wonder what kind genius came up with an idea like having 8 divisional games and only 10 East-West games for a team being played a season? It was probably that Gary Bettman and his usual short-sightedness. :mad: I hope they change it up. Divisional games should be dropped down to 5. It kills any chance of a rivalry in the season. For instance: Toronto is going to play Boston... again! The 5th time in barely over a month this week. Like, what?! :dunno: Not to mention it's probably playing a huge role in killing attendance. Fans want more variety again.

Also on the agenda this week will be playoff bracketing. Teams currently get reseeded after the first round of the playoffs based on regular-season finish, but owners may vote to change the format so that teams are bracketed - NCAA basketball-style - and know who they will face in the second round no matter who wins.

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For example, if No. 8 Vancouver plays No. 1 Anaheim in the first playoff round, the survivor would automatically play the winner of the No. 4 San Jose and No. 5 Detroit series, regardless of whether the Canucks upset the Ducks or not.
How come everytime a group of leaders in the NHL meet, they're always looking to change a long-standing rule? Are they that desperate to have us come falling at their feet to give them credit for something.

It should remain as it is. What's the reason for the change now? So fans will know more who they'll face in the next round and be able to prepare earlier to visit their games or something? Unnecessary.

- owners will be updated on the national TV landscapes in the United States and Canada, particularly with respect to the Canadian arrangements with CBC and TSN which expire at the end of 2007-08.

- reports on the NHL's new media businesses, branding and marketing initiatives, and an update on the new player health management system - a trend-setting innovation that essentially is an online, secure database with individual medical files on every player in the league.
I hope they're not having any bright ideas. :eek:

"red streak... blue streak... red streak... blue streak".


*Shakes head*
 

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Also on the agenda this week will be playoff bracketing. Teams currently get reseeded after the first round of the playoffs based on regular-season finish, but owners may vote to change the format so that teams are bracketed - NCAA basketball-style - and know who they will face in the second round no matter who wins.

For example, if No. 8 Vancouver plays No. 1 Anaheim in the first playoff round, the survivor would automatically play the winner of the No. 4 San Jose and No. 5 Detroit series, regardless of whether the Canucks upset the Ducks or not.
Everything Bettman (the weasel) does, is in relation to basketball in one way or another!! Why doesn't he go back to basketball, and leave the HOCKEY alone!!!!!

Wholly cow, is there any way of getting him out of the league?
 

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Everything Bettman (the weasel) does, is in relation to basketball in one way or another!! Why doesn't he go back to basketball, and leave the HOCKEY alone!!!!!

Wholly cow, is there any way of getting him out of the league?
It doesn't seem so. The worst part is that there's nothing we can do.

The very fans that make this game go round are the ones he's turning off. It's quite sad really.

How on Earth did he get to be commissioner of the NHL in the first place though, that's what I want to know. It makes no sense. :mad:
 

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It doesn't seem so. The worst part is that there's nothing we can do.

The very fans that make this game go round are the ones he's turning off. It's quite sad really.

How on Earth did he get to be commissioner of the NHL in the first place though, that's what I want to know. It makes no sense. :mad:
He got the job because they were in such a hurry to fill the position after the Ziegler/Eagleson fiasco! I think they took the first person who applied for the job!!!!

I guess they thought he would stability to the game, instead he's ruining it!!
 
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