There’s really no other explanation. They do this kind of stuff ALL THE TIME. It’s like they want the team to be bad. Like in Major League. This is ridiculous.
What is the NHL thinking?
The league gets a mulligan for scheduling its thrilling outdoor game in Buffalo against the New Year’s Day bowl games. (What, Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t available?) But now, a far worse offense: The first three games of the Stanley Cup finals will be played at the same time as Games 3, 4 and 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.
Later on in the piece, some guy from the NHL gets all righteous and says, why doesn’t the NBA change its games to accommodate us?
Well, the NBA is much more popular than you, its numbers are growing, its games are on a network people have heard of. The NHL has a dream match-up for the finals, they should be doing anything humanly possible to have as many people watching these games. One of the key markets for the games between Detroit and Pittsburgh should be Detroit. It doesn’t take an MBA to figure this out.
More broadly, the NHL needs the following: fewer teams, more fighting, more scoring, cheaper tickets.
My suggestions: go down to 16 teams, allow steroids, make the net bigger, lower prices. The game will be rejuvenated in no time at all!