So, the NHL might want to go to an 84-game regular-season schedule? I’ll agree with my colleague from Pittsburgh Hockey Now about why this is a bad idea. That leads off today’s links, notes and quotes daily, but first: Sorry for missing the last two Avalanche games, but I caught something pretty bad (head cold, flu, whatever) and was just unable to get to the games. Feeling better now.
- As Dan Kingerski opined, this new 84-game proposal is the wrong idea for the NHL (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
- The schedule is too long as is. People, I think anyway, want less regular-season hockey, not more. I’m OK with the playoff pool being expanded, from 16 to 20 teams. Don’t forget: 16 teams used to make the playoffs when this was a 21-team league. It’s 32 now. Twenty teams in the postseason would add more excitement – and more revenue – to the league, not two more regular-season games.
- The boys on HNIC last night said Vancouver is offering every player on the roster except one – Elias Pettersson (HNIC)
- I don’t know why Vancouver is in such a steep selloff mode, if true. They’re 13-14-3. They’ve won six of their last 10. They still are in the playoff hunt, and it’s still way EARLY.
- Is John Tortorella already losing his marbles with the Flyers? Benching your leading scorer – and then seeing your team lay an egg in response? (Philly Hockey Now)
- Scary story involving the daughter of Vegas D-man Alex Pietrangelo (Vegas Hockey Now)
- Joe Pavelski has now played 1,200 games in the NHL. Wow. (Dallas Hockey Now)
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