Some think an 84 game season does not make sense. Some would say “The players play enough as it is”, “82 games is a lot”, “What do the players think”. It seems though that an 84 game season would actually benefit the players, the league, and the fans. Here’s why.
If the league moves to 84 games the players would actually play LESS games, how you ask? Right now the
With more games, and an earlier start to the season, the league will be able to be more creative with scheduling which will allow one more home game per team. This is not the only benefit to the league. With 30 teams playing an extra two games that means 60 more regular season games being played overall. In the words of NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly ” The
How does this benefit the players?
The players will have a shorter training camp, less pre-season games, and an earlier start to the season and likely a slight increase in salary. Also the fans will benefit from seeing an earlier start to regular season play.
When will the 84 game season begin?
If it happens it will likely take place in 2012, maybe even as early as the 2010/2011 season