Bad Backs, Bad Schedules

Todd Bertuzzi is having back surgery, meaning he’ll be out for at least two months. I’m guessing Jacques Martin is going to check into migraine surgery.
Also, Al Strachan hears the NHL is going to reduce the number of divisional games from 32 to 24, with divisional rivals meeting six games a season instead of eight. Like a lot of NHL executives, I thought all the divisional games would build bigger rivalries. But really, it just isolates the conferences from each other. And that just makes it harder for people to get excited about the Stanley Cup playoffs. Because half of the teams might be completely foreign. There are still an insane amount of people who haven’t seen Jarome Iginla play, which is just absurd.