As we near the beginning of the 2023-24 season, PHR is excited to announce the return of a feature to encourage discourse between reader and writer. On Friday mornings, we’ll post a topic of discussion that we think will draw out varied and interesting perspectives from both our commenters and the other staff writers.
For too long, there have only been a couple of outlets for our readers to interact with the PHR staff. Live chats and mailbags offer a chance at some discussion but also run the risk of being too crowded or even outdated by the time the answer arrives. With PHR Chatter, we’re hoping to get weekly talks going on a topic that normally would have to be brought into the spotlight by a reader before even being discussed.
Last week, the topic centered on expansion, the potential benefits and drawbacks of adding to the league’s talent pool, and the merits of certain expansion destinations. Today, with the preseason kicking off (depending on which time zone you’re in), we think it’s worthwhile to open up discussion around one of the most contentious talking points in recent league administrative history: the 82-game schedule.
Is it too long? Too short? Should there be a playoff play-in for teams that finish outside the de facto top eight in their conference? Should preseason schedules be longer or shorter? Most seem to have an opinion about changes to the league’s normal operations one way or another. Let’s open things up here: chime in on any changes you’d like to see the NHL make to their normal schedule… or, if you think things are perfect the way they are, tell us why!