Leafs boss seeks schedule change

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

When Richard Peddie talks about the scheduling issues associated with the upcoming NHL board of governors meeting later this week, he is not referring to tee times at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links.

As the league's big shots gather on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, an alteration in the NHL schedule will be first and foremost on the agenda.

The format expected to get proposed would see teams play their four division rivals six times each (24 total games); the other 10 teams in their conference four times each (40 total games); and the 15 teams in the other conference each once (15 total games), adding up to a total of 79 games.

The other three games are believed to be wild-card tilts against teams in the other conference, thereby completing the 82-game sked.

"I'm cautiously optimistic it will pass," Peddie, the president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., said yesterday. "I think we need 20 or 21 votes for it to pass. In the past it never got past 19, so let's wait and see."

Peddie admits it is not the ideal concept the Leafs are looking for, but at least it is a step in the right direction.

"It's an improvement," he said.

"Actually we have voted in the past for the scenario that would see the Canadian teams play each other twice per year. It's awful that is not the case right now.

"At least we seem to be getting closer. Ideally we would like to play every team home-and-home every year."


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