Sometimes the NHL is laughable.
And it’s not just because at least two of its team owners, under oath, said they have never heard of the degenerative brain disorder CTE that is affecting some of their hockey players. That’s not funny. That’s sad.
It’s the league’s schedule that’s funny. Remember NHL commissioner Gary Bettman saying the league didn’t want to disrupt its schedule, so NHL players weren’t allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics?
Hardy-har-har. The NHL is disrupting its own schedule, maybe losing some of the momentum it built as the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the championship series.
After four days without hockey, the NHL resumed its Stanley Cup playoffs last night. Game 2 is Wednesday. Then they take three days off before playing again. There have been numerous lulls during the playoffs.
With a little effort, the NHL could have easily tightened its schedule, worked around the Olympics and done a better job of keeping interest high for the Stanley Cup final.