In what always equals some offseason excitement and drama, the NHL’s 2009-10 schedule is set to be released next week. According to Mike Harrington, hockey writer for the Buffalo News, the NHL will announce the release on either Wednesday (July 15) during the press conference at Fenway Park for the Winter Classic, or Thursday (July 16).
What makes this year different from most is the three week Olympic layoff in February. Harrington expects the league to compress the schedule before February, adding more games and less breaks. That should make the Flyers’ fans happy, who had to endure three to five day layoffs between games early in the 2008-09 season.
UPDATE: Schedule released
After being told by NBC to drop the Washington Capitals in favor of a bigger TV draw, the NHL has selected the Flyers to battle the Boston Bruins during the annual Winter Classic to be held at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, 2010.
According to the Boston Metro earlier on Tuesday…
“Multiple reports had named the Washington Capitals as the leader in the clubhouse to take on the B’s on New Year’s Day, but multiple hockey sources revealed there are concerns from NBC over television ratings with the Capitals – who are being pushed by the NHL. The NBC is instead pushing for the Philadelphia Flyers, according to the source, and the odds are growing higher by the day that the Flyers will be traveling to the Fens in January.”
An official announcement should be made later this week.