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Bill Daly says NHL intends to reschedule games postponed in Canada

Senators next game scheduled at Kraken on Thursday and seven of their last eight games have been postponedGETTY IMAGES

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has every intention to reschedule the games being postponed in Canada and “hopefully be able to play in front of more fans.” But Daly, appearing on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590 radio, added once “you’re dealing with seven clubs who all of a sudden have issues with respect to welcoming fans in person, it becomes a much tougher issue than it was with one team having those restrictions.” Daly said, "Because of Ottawa's COVID situations earlier in the year, they don't really have a lot of room left on their schedule for us to build in West Coast swings, so those are games they really have to play if we want to complete the season.” He added, "What we've done for the Canadian franchises, to this point, it contemplates postponements out through kind of the middle of January. That's about as far as we can go. I don't expect to see a lot of Canadian home dates further moved.” Daly noted the league has enough room built into its schedule to complete a full season: "We have places in the calendar for all 82 games, for all 32 teams, and we probably have a little bit of cushion remaining, not a whole lot. We certainly can't have more weeks like we've had the last two weeks in succession." Daly said the league has been "able to effectively work with governments on both sides of the border to effectuate results that have allowed us to continue to play." Daly: "Those have been challenging at times ... but no one said this was going to be easy” (SPORTSNET.ca, 1/3).

MOVE TO SUMMER: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during TNT's Winter Classic broadcast stated that he has "explored the idea of having hockey added to the Summer Olympics." Bettman said that he has been "trying to make this happen since the mid-1990s," but the IOC has been "adamant about not moving it." YAHOO SPORTS' Steven Psihogios noted the commissioner's comments come just days after a number of players "voiced their frustrations about not being able to participate" in the Beijing Games despite it "being a negotiated part" of the recent CBA between the NHL and NHLPA. A move to the Summer Games would "obviously make more logistical sense for the NHL," as Olympic hockey then "wouldn't interfere with the league's 82-game regular season or playoffs" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/3).

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