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NHL considering multiple schedule changes


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Julien Trekker
July 2, 2024  (2:03 PM)
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According to a new report, the NHL is considering multiple schedule changes as we could be on our way to adding two more games in the regular season.

The 2023-24 season is officially over and fans can agree that it was one of the best seasons we have seen in recent years.
We're slowly turning to the 2024-25 season as teams continue to make moves in the offseason. According to insider Pierre LeBrun, the NHL also has its eyes set on the future.
LeBrun revealed in a post on X that Gary Bettman, the NHL, and the NHLPA are reportedly considering a few changes to the schedule.
He said that in two years, we could see teams play 84 games in the regular season with fewer preseason games. The season would also start earlier in October and the Stanley Cup would be awarded earlier in June.
Check out his full post here:
"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 the 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."
The fact that Bettman is considering these changes is good news for NHL fans. It confirms that all this time, the commissioner listened to some of the critics and took notes in an effort to make hockey better.
More to come.

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