Earlier today a tweet from a very informed reporter, Chris Johnson of The Canadian Press read as such:
Gary Bettman said last week NHL wants a minimum 48-game schedule for “integrity.” A 28-gamer was on the table during talks Feb 2005.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 10, 2012
28 games. Yeesh.
That would leave the NHL with a season that would conceivably be the same length as playoffs. How’s that for a small sample size?
We keep hearing Bettman and the NHL talk about the shortest possible length of season, and how we’re coming up on a drop-dead date, but seeing that tweet makes me wonder: why do we believe that Gary gives a shit about the “integrity” of the NHL? He’s cancelled over 2200 games in his time with the league.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the NHL was willing to go shorter than 48. Would you be?