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NHL GM'S SEEK TO REGAIN THEIR ROLE IN SCHEDULING DECISIONS
Published January 4, 1996
During the tenure of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, league GMs "have seen much of their power over league affairs ceded to the governors and league executives," according to David Shoalts of the GLOBE & MAIL. Past complaints focused on rule changes, but when they meet in Tucson on February 5, Shoalts predicts the issue will be scheduling. GMs are unhappy with the amount of travel and distribution of home dates. Maple Leafs President & GM Cliff Fletcher: "Each team has its own philosophy when it comes to the schedule. Some teams want to maximize gate receipts, so they'll ask for certain dates. Others want a maximum competitive advantage, and others want to maximize their TV schedule. Now the league has taken teams out of the picture on the schedule." Under Bettman, former NHL Dir of Administration Phil Scheuer was let go in favor of a fully computerized system. League officials note that teams are allowed to present preferred dates before the schedule is done and can request changes after. The league acknowledges the complaints, but the system is unlikely "to undergo any radical changes" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/4).