NHL ruining Saturday night

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Thank you NHL for ruining Saturday night.

Sabbath's eve is meant for hockey, that much we agree upon.

Just not morning hockey as will be the case tomorrow when the Ottawa Senators look to finish off the Buffalo Sabres.

Playoff games on a Saturday are perfect for dinnertime -- at least for those of us in Western Canada. And preferably while enjoying a hamburger and milkshake while taking in the action in front of a high-def TV.

Saturday games aren't meant to be watched while still in your PJs, with the sleep in your eyes and a coffee in your hand.

(Those games are reserved solely for the world juniors and world championships. It's tradition.)

But thanks to the NHL's constant kowtowing to NBC we -- especially west of the Centre of the Universe -- are stuck with these absurd afternoon games out east that become early clashes here.

It's great the NHL wants to make things work with our friends south of the border. A healthy league is a good thing, certainly better than it was a few years ago.

That goal should not come at the expense of those fans upon whom the league has been built.

Still, simple dollars and cents should add up to more sense.

The CBC shells out big money to the league (too much money for a company that receives our tax dollars to stay afloat but that's another rant for another day) and deserves to receive its just desserts of first choice when the puck drops on weekend games. That would mean games starting at 5 p.m. Calgary time on Saturday nights.

Instead, the NHL lets NBC -- which doesn't have to pay out a single greenback -- pick game times.

Constantly turning a blind eye to the true fans and true supporters is shortsighted and foolish.


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