It seems like there is a lot of talk right now about the NHL being ready to make some changes with the 2017-18 season schedule, but some are questioning the wisdom of it.
“I think the best thing for the league is to look at a few things.
We need to do something to make the schedule work better for fans, to make it more consistent,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on Monday.
“We need to work out the scheduling.
And it’s not the best idea to have the playoffs in October, when fans are already hurting from the travel schedule, the travel.
And the playoffs are not a great place for fans to get in the mood.”
The NHL is currently running three preseason games in October and November, but the league has already announced it will open the season in January.
“That’s going to be the plan from now on,” Daly said.
“And we’ll see where we go.”
The league has also confirmed that the first five games in January will be the first in the 2018-19 season.
But that could change in the future, with the 2018 NHL Draft set to take place on January 18.
The NHLPA will host a media day at the SAP Center in San Jose on Monday where it will talk about its plan to make changes to the league.
“There is going to have to be some changes, but we’ll figure out what the best way to do it is going forward,” Daly told reporters.
The 2017-2018 schedule is set to begin in early January and run through March 3, 2019.