Re: As Expected NHL Cancels Games Through Oct. 24th
posted at 10/5/2012 12:19 PM EDT
I doubt they will juggle the schedule to fit in any games:
1. Arenas already have othere events going on around the existing schedule dates...
2. It would be a logistical nightmare to re-do an abreviated schedule around divisions/conferences in a shortened season....even swapping out teams on the same date would be difficult since tickets are already printed(I would assume).
On a related note, has anyone seen the process the League goes througn to create an NHL Schedule?
No computers, it is essentially only 2 or 3 guys with Post-it notes doing it by hand on a giant board.
Many cities prefer certain nights/promo days:
- Bruins= Saturday matinees,
- Canadian cities need Saturday nights for HNIC,
- Toronto also like Monday, Wednesday nights for Home games,
- "Hockey Day in Canada' has all Canadian teams playing each other back-to-back-to-back for TV,
- Montreal also hosts Sat/Sun matinees on Super Bowl weekend, etc
Plus, they need to know other events' dates and need to allow reasonable time to travel with reasonable routing.
They just keep trying this and tweaking that until it all works!
I watched a feature documentary on this (somewhere?!) a while ago.
Of course some things slip through - I think it was last year that two teams played each other three times in a row (but one of the teams played someone else between, I think).