Whats better than waking up in the morning to some more extremely exciting CBA talk (note the sarcasm in my typing).
While the NHL and NHLPA continue to use the silent treatment on each other an interesting report has emerged that concerns the starting date for NHL free agency.
As Pierre LeBrun reported a few days ago, the NHL wants to move the start of free agency from July 1st to July 10th. The main reason for this is, surprise surprise, money.
Considering what a big media event the NHL could make out of free agency, July 1st is by no means an idealistic date. July 1st is a holiday in Canada while July 4th is the US independence day. Moving the start from the 1st to the 10th would mean that no national events would interfere with the NHL’s coverage of free agency and the amount of money and press would grow substantially.
For instance, when Corey Perry signs with the Wings next summer (see what I did there), the NHL could mass market the signing and make it look like Perry is the next installment of god. This would create a lot of buzz which could allow the NHL to gain new followers which in turn becomes more money.
LeBrun suggests moving the start date to June 26th or 27th. Unless they moved the draft back as well the two events would be too near each other and the NHL certainly doesn’t want that.
The NHLPA is against the change due to it limiting the amount of time that the players have to find new teams. Honestly, this is a very weak argument considering how few people actually sign with a team in late-august early-September.
Personally, I don’t really care how it goes. I’m always in Sweden during that time of year so my media coverage is only what the Swedish Television shows (which isn’t much) and Twitter. However, if I was in the US at that time of year or even in Canada I can understand why the NHL wants to move the date.
Obviously, this is a very small issue in this whole mess, however, it is always fun to look at what the NHL is trying to do to improve.
Also, rumor says it that Abdelkader might resign early next week so were defiantly going to have to keep an eye on that.