The NHL is not going to get better, but you can’t lose any games without losing a few.
It is a reality of the business, and it is the only way to go, NHL chief executive officer Kevin Payne said Wednesday.
Payne said the NHL’s playoff schedule is not yet fully balanced, with the Western Conference playoff game scheduled for Saturday, March 15 and the Eastern Conference playoff series scheduled for April 7.
The schedule is now “at the beginning of the season,” Payne said.
The schedule will be “balanced” at the beginning and end of the year, but not yet.
“I think we have a good feel for what the schedule is going to be and what it is going in terms of being able to sustain it,” Payne told reporters.
I think it is very clear where we are in terms a fair balance of the playoffs, Payne said, adding the playoff schedule has not been set.
There are still some things that we want to do, he said.
But the NHL has been able to create a fairly equitable schedule, Payne added.
We have a pretty good feel that we can do that.
“I believe that in the future, we will be able to have the best balance of playoffs, but we don’t know exactly what that is yet, Payne told The Associated Press.
This year is different, Payne continued.
You have more parity in the playoffs and I don’t think we are where we need to be.
Payne added the NHL was going to spend a lot of money on player development this summer, but he said it would be a waste of money.
He said the league is looking at players that can help them win.
He also said the salary cap is set to be $62.2 million for the 2018-19 season.
Forbes magazine estimated the salary-cap for the NHL in 2018 at $68.3 million.
Paynes comments came after the league issued a new collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, which was approved by the players on Wednesday.
The deal is the culmination of a process that has seen the league and the players negotiate a number of new rules and policies in an attempt to protect players from future salary cap increases.
Paye also acknowledged the NHL is still losing games.
He did not elaborate on the loss of games.
Payes comments came in response to a question from the AP about the state of the NHL playoff schedule, which is the first of two scheduled games against the Detroit Red Wings on March 15.
The first is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m.
ET in Detroit, and the second is scheduled on March 19, at 5 p.g.m., in Toronto.
Payments for playoff tickets can be made through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-877-904-PUCK (2367) to get tickets for the Red Wings game.
Payn also addressed a question about whether the team would be able.
Payton said the team will not play in the Stanley Cup Final unless the NHL changes its playoff structure.
He also said there will be no expansion draft for the first time in years.