Bettman Waves Off 82-Game Schedule

Bettman Waves Off 82-Game Schedule

The NHL’s deadline to save a full season is today. There is no reason to expect a miracle.

“It’s clear we aren’t going to have a deal any time soon,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Buffalo News via email Wednesday.

Gary Bettman concurred.

“Unfortunately, it looks like an 82-game season is not going to be a reality,” the commissioner said in Brooklyn, where he joined New York Islanders owner Charles Wang in announcing the team is moving from Nassau County to Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center in 2015-16 as part of a 25-year lease. “We made our best offer to save an 82-game season, and it was not something that the players’ association demonstrated any interest in.

“I think things, in some respects, may get more difficult.”

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