Larionov wrote:I'm not sure what prompted the outburst either, but regardless of the inspiration he had better get ready to open his wallet. No way does a rip on the new CBA like that go without a fine. His whining about the schedule is something he might have gotten away with in isolation, but not the CBA. Those comments simply have to be made behind closed doors at GM meetings, and not out in the open like that.
Besides, I think he's wrong on both counts. First, the unbalanced schedule:
For years and years, Vancouver GMs bitched about the schedule, in particular the long, brutal Eastern road swing that always took place in January, and always took a terrible toll on the team. That is now gone, with games in Atlanta and New York replaced with games in Calgary and Colorado. If the unbalanced schedule was going to benefit anyone, it should have been the West Coast teams who had the farthest to fly. Well, guess what? Another Vancouver GM is AGAIN crying about the schedule. You would have to excuse the other GMs for thinking that there is no way to ever make Vancouver happy.
How can Nonis say with a straight face that the team travels just as much? They may have to get on airplanes just as much, true, but when a flight to the southeastern U.S. gets replaced with a flight to Calgary, then the number of air miles simply has to be down. If someone can show me an actual miles flown breakdown of the old schedule vs. this one, and the numbers are the same, I'll gladly eat my words, but for now I'm not buying.
First, Atlanta is farther west than Detroit is - so if you're using ATL as a reference point to compare long distances, I'm already questioning you.
Secondly, if you went on an eastern road trip, you would fly one long distance (ie New York) and play 3, 4 or 5 games without going more than another 100 miles between all games combined. Instead, now Vancouver must fly to Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St Louis, Chicago twice a year each and Colorado, Minnesota, EDM and Calgary 4 times a year. A lot of these games are 2 game trips and then a return flight home. Two "short" road trips (such as the upcoming trip to Colorado, then Minnesota then home) would equal one long road trip to New York, but the trip to NY would get you 4 games, not 2. Now add up all these short 2 game, three game road trips to places like Detroit (father east than Atlanta) and I can easily see Nonis' point. They are traveling as much as ever.
Third - the east has a distinctive advantage for promoting this schedule.(ie Bobby Clarke and the flyers who i heard pushed hard for it in retun for their support for the lockout) They have a fresher team in the finals as they travel a lot less during the season and alot less during the playoffs. Then they play a travel weary western team in the finals. Second, they get better tv money as they don't have to play too many games that start at 10pm at night eastern time. But yet we miss lots of first and second periods when we have to play games that start at 4pm. I'm glad Nonis is calling bullshit.