NHL schedule needs to be fixed

JODY VANCE -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

Oh the frustration. Tuesday, despite wide-spread optimism that they would see the light, those with the power to change the structure of the current NHL schedule -- owners and GMs -- voted to stand pat for next season.

Why is it that the NHL Board of Governors can't hear our cries and admit they've erred when it comes to this new division heavy schedule?

Post lockout, the schedule changed to a formula where each club plays eight games against each divisional rival, four against each conference team and one each against two of the three divisions in the opposing conference. Ever since this has been implemented life as a hockey fan has become less about excitement and more about "them again?"

Like most Canadians, there is no sport I love more than hockey and I consider myself very lucky to work in the NHL... but, in all honesty, even I have grown weary of the same match-ups over and over and over again.

It is not too much to ask that we see teams play each other at minimum once per season.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to look forward to "The Battle of Ontario" rather than feel as though rivalries are being manufactured?

Hope that the governors would see the light and return to what worked in the past was snuffed by Tuesday's decision to continue as is -- even though it is clearly not working for fans.

Sure, this formula sees all teams save big dough in travel costs -- if you hadn't noticed, gas is expensive -- but c'mon there must be compromise!

If things don't get corrected the money saved by team travel just might equal money lost by way of empty seats.

Richard Peddie of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has gone public with his desire for change, and how interesting it is that in a city where empty seats is not a concern that the voice of the fan is heard loud and clear.

Those who voted to stay with the current format remind me of husbands who refuse to stop for directions ... even though they've been driving in circles for hours.

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Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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