|NHL says no to 84-game schedule for next season|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 16 April 2008 20:59|
The league's board of governors dismissed the idea of expanding the season by two games because of complications and timing, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
``It's accurate that we are no longer considering an 84-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, but that it remains a possibility for the 2009-10 season,'' Daly said in an e-mail to The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
``I think it was a combination of it becoming too late in the scheduling process for next season to effectuate a change, as well as the fact that we weren't agreeable with the union's condition that it be changed on a one-year, trial basis only.''
The NHL players union is not willing to commit to an 84-game season on a permanent basis unless teams are guaranteed home-and-home games with every team in the league. The NHL has yet to agree to that.