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Sharks, Coyotes to travel most miles next season

Jul 20, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

Patrick Marleau, Mike Smith AP

The release of the NHL schedule is an exciting day for fans, but it’s one where teams can look ahead to see how many miles they’ll be logging on the road. For some teams, that means spending a bit more time in airports than others.

Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck released his annual report on how many miles each team will travel for the upcoming season and if you’re a Sharks player you might want to look away.

San Jose will travel the most of any team next year logging 57,612 miles. Phoenix was second with 52,633 and Colorado third with 49,007. For a frame of reference, the league average this year is 41,390.

Teams that don’t get to complain? Look no further than the tri-state area as the New York Rangers (29,839) and New York Islanders (29,933) are the only two teams with fewer than 30,000 miles to travel.

As for the teams who moved East, Detroit and Columbus are seeing a huge break in travel. The Red Wings will travel over 7,500 fewer miles this season while the Blue Jackets have over 6,200 fewer. Less time spent in airports is a great thing for any team.

As for back-to-back sets of games, New Jersey (22) and Carolina (20) can file their complaints as they’ve got the most in the league while Colorado, San Jose, and Winnipeg all have just 10 sets of back-to-back games.

  1. Jeff - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Have fun with that, we sure did in 2012-13.

    -Minnesota Wild

  2. lofty35 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    ^ ditto. I don’t feel bad for them

  3. vstar1us - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Well move the yotes to Portland and there you go problem solved

    • wisbadgers - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Don’t you think it’s time you got over it. I’m sorry that now that the ownership situation is settled, you have nothing to post about but seriously, move on!!!

  4. pensman29 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    San Jose and Colorado obviously have the least back to back games cause they have the most miles traveled. And I guess the NHL just hates Phoenix.

  5. jernster21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I’ve traveled 38,871 miles for work so far this year. :|

    • mrpinkca - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      This number seems made up.

      • jernster21 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Straight from TripIt, pal.

  6. girouxed - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Oh boo hoo. Im a professional athlete and make 2.45 million dollars a year and I have to fly alot, I hate this life.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      And what they make has exactly what to due with how much a player travels? If you can’t see the difference between a team (say Philly) embarking on a road trip by getting on a train and going straight to MSG in 90 minutes, and being able to return home and sleep in their own beds while in the midst of said road trip, OR a team getting on a plane and flying from Vancouver to Dallas then you’re completely lost.

      It’s not about how much they make or “hating life” it’s about how teams in the New York’s Shadow division (and let’s be honest Philly is just living in New York’s shadow) can conceivably go on a 4 game road trip while being at home every night, while teams in the West can’t do that, that’s a definite advantage.

      Although truthfully I always wonder if this might provide the West with an advantage (little as it might be) in the SCF?Because Western teams are use to getting on a plane and flying 3+ hours (as they have to after games 4,5,6) whereas Eastern teams just aren’t use to that.

      • wisbadgers - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        It’s not often that myself and atwatercrushesokoye agree on anything hockey related but he is 100% correct with this post. I do feel that Western teams have adjusted to life on the road moreso than the Eastern teams.
        And I used to live in Philly. He’s right. Philly is New York’s shadow. Ha!!!

  7. dueman - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    How does less miles traveled in the air equal less time in airports? You are in the airport the same amount of time no matter how far you fly in between take off and landing are you not? I get that longer total travel time is harder on the body, but it doesn’t make less airport time.

    • jernster21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      These guys fly private charter…they’re bussed straight to their planes every time…very little “airport”/waiting around time.

  8. hildezero - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    @vstar1us

    The problem has been solved, they’re staying in Phoenix! Besides, I don’t think NHL would like to go to Portland. Problem Solved!

    • desertfan - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Get a grip- Portland sells 14000 seats for WHL games and has a beautiful ROSE GARDEN.

      Everyone in hockey except Gary would move to Portland in a heartbeat.

      Yotes give their tix away or no fans.

      • hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        The rose garden isn’t THAT nice.

      • sw19womble - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Alternatively, the disparity in division size is opening up the chance for expansion teams in Portland or Seattle (and/or one relocation from the desert)

  9. sjsharks66 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Amen! Anyone in the east who complains about their Jersey-New York-Philly road trip are stupid. I drive further then that everyday for work.

    • blackheart78 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

  10. santabarbarapartyzone - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    IMO back2back games are a bigger issue than miles travelled first class…my Sharks got no complaints…Devils and Hurricanes should be the headline of this story.

  11. caliscooter - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    This is the biggest non issue… Ive travelled my entire professional career and if the flight is 1, 2 or 3 hours… Its all the same. Once you are in the air, it doesn’t matter if you are travelling 100,300 or 500 miles. Its not like they are flying to Europe. Close your eyes and enjoy the flight. I would MUCH rather fly 800 miles by air for 90 minutes than MAYBE 60 miles by rail in the same 90.

  12. hildezero - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    @desertfan

    Don’t be ignorant. Lol.

  13. jacketsfan7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I think everybody is counting out the jets , who had to travel the farthest the past 2 years

  14. northstarnic - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I’ve got an idea: how about the coyotes travel to a city that likes hockey, and just stay there.

    • wisbadgers - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Kind of like how the North Stars moved to Dallas and never left.

  15. proudliberal85392 - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    How about everybody talking about moving the Coyotes STFU. The issue is settled.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      How about they break the Top 25 in attendance first?

  16. hildezero - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    @northstarnic

    The play for a city that love the team. So STFU. They ain’t going nowhere.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      They love the team so much they don’t go to games.

  17. hildezero - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Wut? What’s wrong? Lol!

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