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Major changes ahead? NHL eyes adding more regular season games to the schedule


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Julien Trekker
July 2, 2024  (1:44 PM)
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a press conference.
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A new report suggests that major changes could happen in the NHL as Gary Bettman is considering making multiple changes to the schedule, including adding more regular season games.

The insider Pierre LeBrun revealed yesterday that the NHL and the NHLPA had discussions to make a few changes to the calendar.
He stated that the following changes won't take effect for two years: adding more regular season games, starting the regular season in early October, handing out the Stanley Cup earlier in June, and reducing the number of preseason games.
In his own words:
"Some non free-agent news:

The NHL and NHLPA have had very preliminary discussions on what a new NHL calendar could look like. Wouldn't take effect until next CBA 2 years from now.

What's being discussed:

_ Move start of reg season up to very early Oct;
_ Award Cup earlier in June;
_ Cut pre-season to 4 games per team;
_ 84-game regular season;

Basically moving things up 2 weeks or so.

It's not awarding the Cup by May 31 but it sure beats what it looks like now!
Again, these are preliminary discussions. Let's see where it goes."

It's great to see that Gary Bettman is considering these changes to make the NHL better. We can't wait to see if he'll go through with it.
Meanwhile, check out the NHL's full schedule for the 2024-25 season here!
Source: Hockey Unplugged
NHL considering making schedule changes, adding more regular season games
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