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Report: NHL targeting July 17 schedule release date

Jun 20, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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Will the NHL participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics? Will the Coyotes play in Glendale next season?

Those questions are likely to be answered in the near future as the NHL makes its schedule for the 2013-14 campaign. The league would like to unveil it on July 17, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

On the Coyotes side of things, Renaissance Sports Entertainment reportedly came to an agreement in principal on an arena lease deal that might prevent the franchise from moving. However, the prospective Coyotes owner’s meeting with the Glendale City Council on Tuesday seemed to leave something to be desired.

As for the Olympics, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in May that the league is proceeding under the assumption that the NHL will participate, but nothing is official yet.

“We continue to work at it,” Daly said last week, according to the NHL.com. “The parties have been in close contact in recent days and we hope to get together and get it hammered out in the near future.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The NHL does not get better exposure than at the Olympics. Solve the insurance issue and start marketing the tournament

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Except, for N.American fans, which I suspect is most NHL fans, the exposure is modified by the odd game times resulting from the Olympics being on the other side of the planet, as opposed to BC and Utah. How many of the games will we see live in prime time? I’m guessing between zero and none. Which means 5 am for live or evening times for recorded highlights when fans will already know the scores.

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I understand it’s a money thing, but really, if you knock the season down from, say, 82 games to 78 games, everyone loses 2 home games, but you get to go to Russia for 2 weeks, and the whole hockey world gets to watch

    • clefty1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      People in the U.S. and Canada will be seeing Olympic games late at night, early in the morning or on tape delay and by then people will already know the scores of games.

      • bensawesomeness - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        $20 says that the NHL got it’s wish and the NA market teams are on during time slots that won’t be ridiculous (nothing between say midnight and 10am)

        Also : don’t be a pansy and watch the games, and you wont have to worry about people ruining them for you

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