NHL Pushes Season To Brink, Cancels Games Until January 14th

22-26-48 in 45 GP in the shortened ’95 season. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

This is it.  There’s no more room to wiggle.

Minutes ago, the NHL cancelled all games until January 14th, or just over 50% of the season.  And there was much rejoicing some anger and general indifference.

LOOKING AT 1994-95

Can the two sides make this work?  Maybe.  I really don’t know anymore.  Bill Daly said there will be a season.  Then again, the world is going to end tomorrow.

Can we have a 48 game season?  Sure.  Well, maybe.  Probably not?  I don’t know.  Should this happen, the Oilers would likely play everyone in the Northwest four times, and he remaining Western Conference teams twice.

That would be…36 games.  Not enough.

Okay, how about if the Oilers play everyone in the Northwest four times, and everyone else in the Western Conference three times.

That would be…46 games.  Alright, they play two rivalry games, one against Vancouver and one against Calgary.

There, 48.  Are we happy?

All games cancelled until January 14th.  Wave your magic wand, save half the season, and open training camp on January 15th.  Ten days for training camp, and we’re in with a week to go in January.  The Stanley Cup would get awarded sometime in June, and everybody can forget about this disaster of a season in 2013.

Good thing I’m not on the schedule making crew.  Exhibition games in Butte, Montana.  Is there a rink in Butte?

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