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Daly expects NHL schedule, Olympics announcement this week

Jul 17, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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While it’s always been assumed that NHL players will participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, still no official announcement has been made.

However, that’s expected to change soon.

Very soon.

Indeed, with less than a year to go before the Games (Feb. 7-23), the big announcement — along with the release of the 2013-14 NHL schedule — is imminent, according to the league’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly.

“I expect both issues will be dealt with this week,” Daly said in an e-mail to the Chicago Tribune.

The announcement could, in fact, happen today, per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

All sorts of issues have served as potential roadblocks to sending NHLers to Sochi, from big ones like insurance to smaller ones like hospitality for players’ and owners’ families.

  1. tmoore4075 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Hurry up! I need my hockey fix so have to settle for the schedule.

  2. naranja66 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Would definitely help organizing my hockey trip this fall. My employer asks me every day about the exact dates I plan to go on vacation and I can only respond: waiting for NHL schedule…

    • ibieiniid - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      i must say, you kinda inspired me to plan my own. have 2 weeks of unaccounted-for vacation time left this year, may just have to hit the NorthEast. do the Islanders move to Brooklyn this year or next?

  3. ibieiniid - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    think we’ll get division names with the schedule?

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      That’s what Bettman said at his state of the league presser during the finals. We’d get the division names when we get the schedule.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    What I want for division names:
    Patrick
    Norris
    Adams
    Smythe

    What well get:
    Bettman
    Wants
    Your
    Money

    But in all seriousness:
    Northeast
    Atlantic
    Midwest
    Pacific

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      I’d be all for the old names. Honestly would be ok with “newer” names like Howe, Getzky, Orr, Lemieux even. The East is all screwy so hard to put a regional name on them. I mean FLA and TBL sure aren’t NE and really neither is Detroit. Pitt or Columbus aren’t close to the Atlantic either.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        hoping for Rafael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Bettman will start referring to himself as Master Splinter.

  5. 8man - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Agh! Can’t wait! A full 82. New divisions too! The names should be a SNAP to pick. It’s like Christmas.

    Maybe there will be games on Christmas!

  6. nascar2012 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I need that schedule!!!!

  7. jimw81 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    come on nhl, people are getting antsy here, especially the beat writers.

  8. capsrockva - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I want the schedule to be released soon as well

  9. skarfacci - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    A full season for the first time in two seasons. Can’t Hardly Wait.

  10. 2qswing - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    RELEASE THE FRIGGN SCHEDULE ALREADY. THE ENTIRE HOCKEY WORLD IS WAITING

  11. ndrick731 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Hey daly do you smell what you are shoveling. Get your head out of Bettman’s ass

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