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Bye weeks coming to the NHL next season


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According to ESPN

 

 

The league and the NHLPA have committed to building a "five-day bye week" for each team into the schedule next season. The league will schedule one for each club between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season. Players won’t have to report for practice until after 4 p.m. on the fifth day if they have a game on the sixth day, a source said. If the players don't have a game on the sixth day, they would have the entire fifth day off.

 

For the NHLPA, I think this was important on two fronts:
 
1. To get a break for their top players in a World Cup year, notably since some of those same players will also be participating in the All-Star Game. Besides, it’s not always easy to convince some of the star players to show up for All-Star weekend given the grind of the season, so getting a new break next season will help in that regard as well.
 
2. It’s just as desirable for the rest of the 700-plus players at large, too, even those who never play in All-Star Games. Take the Olympics for example. All players love Olympic participation because it allows those who don’t partake -- the vast majority of the membership -- to rest during that break. Hence the same philosophy here with this new, five-day bye week starting next season.

 

And for us fans hockey will start earlier for some players with the World Cup. The Toronto-based tournament will run from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1 at the latest.

 

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@hf101  Just saw this on TSN. The Union said yes to the whole World Cup thing, which helps the NHL as a whole, in return, they were able to secure a 5 day holiday. The fact it comes in late Jan and Feb, that is a plus for all teams. Giving the players a much needed break during a very busy, grinding time in the schedule. This benefits everyone. I assuming that two teams will have the 5 days at once, but not sure. This may chance up some fantasy stuff as well, if you have a bubble player on your roster entering the 5 day break, he might be cut easier, knowing he is inactive for almost a week.

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Depends. My other fantasy league uses CBS so we average points. If I have, say, Ovechkin rolling into his bye with only one game against the Leafs, then I play him with the hopes he has a big game.

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First of all, I'm really glad to see that 5 days have now become a week. I can only assume that this is in preparation for the metric (10 day) week.  :confused[1]:

 

Secondly, the NHL'ers need a break to have some time to spend and enjoy their millions. What fun is it being a multi-millionaire if you can't show off?  :thumbsu:

 

And, thirdly, who cares??  :P

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Depends. My other fantasy league uses CBS so we average points. If I have, say, Ovechkin rolling into his bye with only one game against the Leafs, then I play him with the hopes he has a big game.

Well, it will stink in head to head leagues depending on how the 5 days falls.

This is not to say that fantasy is what the league and union should base decisions on. Lol.

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Well, it will stink in head to head leagues depending on how the 5 days falls.

This is not to say that fantasy is what the league and union should base decisions on. Lol.

 

Why not??

 

It'd be an improvement over the current "flip a coin" or "roll of a die" system currently in place........ :ph34r:

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  You can bet your bottom buck that if a player is under performing, not up to par, that they will be waiver wire fodder at the start of this 5 day rest. On the 5th day, God created the Waiver Wire....LOL

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I'm a little slow to reply to this, but I like the idea. Give the players a chance to recharge and heal up mid-season, and we might end up with even better playoff hockey, because theoretically, they'd be in better shape. I'm all for that.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I thought this whole season was a "bye"..............   :ph34r:

 

 

Buh duh chaaaa.   :D

 

You know your season is going well when:

  • The media is more focused on a goalie currently playing in the AHL than any of the ones in the NHL.
  • The media keeps trying to spark interest with an endless amount of Stamkos news, tweets, and rumours.
  • The team sits in last place and isn't going to play a game for a whole week.
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