November 9, 2012
NHL notes: Crosby hoping for 60 games'I'm sure that we'd all be much happier playing much more'
By QMI Agency
The idea of playing 82 games is down the tubes but Sidney Crosby figures there is plenty of time left to have a season that’s fair for everybody.
The Penguins captain said Friday that a 60-game season would work once the NHL lockout is settled.
“Right off the top of my head, I’ve got to think 60,” Crosby told Pittsburgh radio station WXDX.
“I’m sure (fewer) than that could be played but I think 60 would be pretty fair. There are teams that struggle and that gives you a chance to go through a tough point in the season and still have time to kind of gather yourself.
“So that’s a length that I’m sure everyone could live with, but I’m sure that we’d all be much happier playing much more than that.”
Teams played 48 games during the 1994-95 season, which also was shortened by a labour stoppage. That season started Jan. 20 — only nine days after the impasse was settled — and the schedule was extended to May 3.
Filip Kuba of the Florida Panthers has signed a lockout deal with HC Vitkovice Steel of the Czech league. The 35-year-old defenceman signed a two-year, $8-million deal during the off-season with the Panthers ... Unrestricted free agent Brad Winchester will join TuTo of the Finnish second division. The 31-year-old forward was with the San Jose Sharks last season ... New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has a deal with Bietigheim-Bissingen of the German second division. Bailey, 23, has spent four seasons with the Isles, who drafted him ninth overall in 2008.