TORONTO (AP) -The NHL will stay with an 82-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, rejecting a plan to add two games.
The league's board of governors dismissed the idea of expanding the season by two games because of complications and timing, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
"It's accurate that we are no longer considering an 84-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, but that it remains a possibility for the 2009-10 season," Daly said in an e-mail to The Globe and Mail on Wednesday.
"I think it was a combination of it becoming too late in the scheduling process for next season to effectuate a change, as well as the fact that we weren't agreeable with the union's condition that it be changed on a one-year, trial basis only."
The NHL players union is not willing to commit to an 84-game season on a permanent basis unless teams are guaranteed home-and-home games with every team in the league. The NHL has yet to agree to that.