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Bettman: NHL hasn’t planned “alternate” schedule in case of a lockout

Aug 25, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

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If a lockout shortens the 2012-13 season, a tough question might emerge: should the NHL “compress” its schedule to squeeze in as many games as possible?

Lance Hornby reports that Gary Bettman says the league hasn’t run through that scenario just yet.

“We haven’t even focused on what the timing should be, because my hope is we make a deal on a timely basis,” Bettman said.

The NBA’s 2011-12 season kicked off on Christmas Day 2011 with a compressed schedule of 66 games.

Bruce Arthur discussed the challenges that came from doing so.

Due to the shortened season, teams played an average of 3.9 games per week this year instead of 3.5. That might not sound like a huge difference, but not only does it mean more games, it also means fewer practices and weight-lifting sessions throughout the year. Throw in a shortened training camp and the inability for players to work with their teams’ strength-and-conditioning coaches during the lockout, and players came into this season in wildly varying degrees of shape. Strength coaches tried to develop a plan for this during the lockout, but NBA teams have a routine that is based on playing 82 games over 5½ months.

One can only imagine the impact it could have in a physical sport like hockey.

(H/T to Joe Haggerty)

  1. barkar942 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    “One can only imagine the impact it could have in a physical sport like hockey.”
    Did I just hear a “big dig” at the NBA go by?
    I tend to agree. I am amazed how wiped out these top conditioned athletes in the NHL are if they get stuck on the ice for 1:30-2:00. There are no other major sports that test physical conditioning like hockey!

  2. highlander24 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Please league do the right thing and make sure there’s no lockout. We all really like hockey, it’s a lot of fun.

  3. muckthefets - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Agreed highlander, after the last one everything is getting back to biz as usual and people were actually forgetting the last debacle. Plus I can’t deal with a winter with just football on 2 days out of the week.

  4. hitem396 - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    in case of shortened season, the number of player on each roster could be larger putting 23 active of 25 instead of putting 20 of 23 now

  5. Vintage Hockey Barn - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Reblogged this on .

  6. sharkcity408 - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    While I won’t argue that hockey is one of, if not the most, physically demanding sport. Don’t act like basketball isnt all that physical

    • desertfan - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Agree Hockey and basketball are “similar”.

      HOWEVER- size of the surface, speed and let’s allow the NBA to start hitting!!!

  7. proudliberal85392 - Aug 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Got that right, highlander!

  8. puckish27 - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    A “compressed” schedule will only do more to alienate season ticket holders. There’s rumors that the Recession may be over, but the average Fan cannot afford 4 $300 nights per week.

  9. wsphloyd - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Bettman’s gotta go!!!!

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