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Daly: NHL won’t release schedule until Olympic agreement is finalized

Jul 18, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT


The delayed release of the 2013-14 NHL schedule will continue to be delayed, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“There has been no final agreement on the terms of Olympic participation at this point,” Daly told on Thursday. “And unless, or until, there is, the release of the 2013-14 regular-season schedule would be premature.”

The news comes a day after Florida’s (potential) 2013-14 schedule was leaked online, courtesy George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The Panthers told Richards that nothing is final with regards to the schedule; that said, it does feature a rather lengthy Olympic break between Feb. 7 and Feb. 27.

The Sochi Games are scheduled for Feb. 7-23, with the gold-medal game to be played on the final day.

Daly remains confident the NHL, along with the IIHF and IOC, will reach a deal soon.


“We hope that a final resolution on both matters can be achieved in the very near future,” he said.

  1. killerpgh - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Is this the “hill we’ll die on”?

  2. 8man - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Near future? What does that mean? A day? A week? A month?

    So…last year we had a schedule, but we knew a lot of the games wouldn’t be played.

    This year we know the games will be played, but we don’t as of yet have a schedule.

    Don’t the respective arenas need to know this stuff? Or has the schedule been released to everyone but the general public?

    • letsgolightning - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Probably more of the latter. I’m thinking the schedule has been penned with a (19?) day gap in February and distributed to the clubs, but they’re playing it safe since the Olympics issue hasn’t officially settled. I’m guessing they want to save the hassle of releasing a schedule and then having to re-work it on the 1% chance that they fail to reach an agreement on the Olympics. It’s kind of like last year where even though the owners agreed on the CBA and created a schedule, they still didn’t want to release it until after the players votes were all tallied.

  3. ndnut - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Arenas submit open dates, so they don’t “need” them.

  4. ndnut - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Source: Carolina Hurricanes scheduling fiasco on submitting enough open dates this year.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Come on, I like Olympic hockey. Not sure why so many hate it. It’s those moments like the best player in the world (obviously Sid) scoring the game winner in OT, and a pure clash of the Titans. I am also anxious for a full 82 game season, including the matchups we rarely get to see. Hope this gets resolved so we can watch some HOCKEY!

  6. nascar2012 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Where is the schedule?!

  7. beermeone - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Meh. I think it’s pre determined so it’s not needed anyway. The Leafs have planned their parade route already lol.

  8. ndrick731 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Shove the Olympics. They have sucked ever since they started using pros.

    • stevedurbano - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      I think you mean since “we” started using pros. “They” always did.

  9. howintensive - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Can’t they just release 2 schedules: one with an Olympic break included, and a contingency schedule without one? How hard is that? Or they could just release the contingency schedule. Or just how many times a team is playing each team? Or anything other than “we’re working on it?”

  10. steelers88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Man this is bringing back bad memories.

  11. hosewater2 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Add me to the list of those who don’t care if NHLers participate in these exhibition games.

  12. chrisk61 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    the upcoming winter olympics are in sochi, russia. let’s face it…the russians like yanking the nhl’s chain. access to khl players. drafting russians who don’t come. bryzgalov. that bum who used to be in new jersey.

    frankly i think the russians will purposely drag this on and try to affect the start of the nhl season to make themselves known as a global hockey force that the nhl has to reckon with. i also think this could get ugly and the nhl will blow off the olympics to preserve a timely start to the nhl season and to quash perceptions that it is being manipulated by the ROOS KIES.

    • georgiared - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      I think we have a nominee for “dumbest post of the week” award right here folks. Where the Olympics is played has absolutley nothing to do with why this isn’t completed yet. The NHL has to agree with the IHOC(that’s INTERNATIONAL Hockey Olympic Committee)

  13. dhillca - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    My cat smells like cat food

    • valoisvipers - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      What if feed your cat fish then?

  14. proudliberal85392 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    chrisk61, or not..

  15. dprouse - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I am just not that excited about seeing the pros at the Olympics. We have had it four times now, so the bloom is off the rose. Add in the fact that the games will be airing early in the morning here, and I would rather see amateurs there with no doughnut hole in the NHL schedule.

  16. blomfeld - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM


    The bottom line is that these Russian ‘gangsters’ now ought to be given a taste of their own medicine! They jacked the NHL around last fall to no end and therefore it’s now time to do the same to them. On a serious note however, there exists a very real possibility of ‘extremist’ violence at the coming winter games and so I for one, wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the place … hockey player or not.

    Executive Summary: Gary will make the right decision, one way or the other.

  17. jpat2424 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Should be using amateurs. Give me my damn schedule

  18. hieronymous27 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Why does everything, when it comes to Gary Betman and the NHL, have to be such high drama? How long will this soap opera drag out? You already have Mike Babcock, the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, announced as the coach for Team Canada. I doubt an NHL team, or the league for that matter, would have allowed Babcock’s coaching Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, to be announced if it was not a foregone conclusion that NHL players will be involved in the games. The Olympics serve as the best way to promote the NHL and draw new potential fans. The NHL is the uncontested drama queen of professional sports.

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