Canucks Army Roundtable: Bye, Bye, Bye

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As you may have noticed by the lack of Canucks hockey, the Canucks are on their bye week, this week, a new thing implemented by the NHLPA in exchange for 3-on-3 at the All Star Game. The NHL took a page out of the NFL, and nothing has gone as expected. The stats show that the bye week has been anything but beneficial for clubs, and long periods of missed games makes it hard to build momentum heading into the playoff race. Yesterday, our own Ryan Biech took a deep dive into this, but I wanted to see what the rest of the team thought of the “bye week.” Here’s what they said.

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Always90Four

I don’t like the bye week. It’s dumb.  Start the season earlier and space out games a bit better. Here’s another idea: play less games and also start earlier. These guys play 82 games every year and now we have a bye. I imagine a lot of thought went into this but it does seem a bit ridiculous. Just play less games, put ads on the jerseys to make up for lost revenue and there you have it.

J.D. Burke

The bye week has a hugely negative impact on teams once they reach the other side, and that’s worth noting. Perhaps the league could address it by scheduling teams leaving their bye against teams on the second half of back-to-backs or other teams leaving the bye to level the playing field. I don’t think it’s impossible to make this work. I also tend to think the hockey world deserves a break. Speaking personally, I’ve enjoyed it. I can’t imagine how players who invest themselves so much more than I do feel. And I think they deserve to have a life, too.

Jackson McDonald

I’m not a big fan, mainly due to the negative impact it’s had on performance. There are already numerous uncontrollable factors (travel being a notable example,) that give teams an unintentional competitive advantage. Why add another?

Tyler Horsfall

I love the concept of the bye week. It gives the players some off time to spend with family or whatever else they want to do during it. Having some time off during a grueling season is much needed and glad to see the players getting some rest time.As mentioned, the issue with the record being worse coming out of the bye week is a big issue. To combat this, the NHL should try their best to schedule two teams on their byes to play against each other as their first game back. This is going to be harder to do with 31 teams as one team will be left out, but they should be able to find a way to combat this with creative scheduling.

Jeremy Davis

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As JD and Tyler have already noted, the main issue with the bye is the teams coming out of them are routinely getting shellacked, and as mentioned, this should be a very easy problem to solve, by pairing teams on byes. Frankly, it’s quite surprising that the NHL didn’t consider this when they originally put the schedule together.As for the bye itself, I’m for it. Aside from the benefits to the players, including rest, recovery, and vacations, it’s a welcome rest for the fans – especially fans of bad teams. Watching the Canucks play every second night can be a bit of a grind, and their general badness wears you down. But now, five days into a five-day bye, I’m actually looking forward to the game tomorrow. I actually miss the team. Impressive work, bye-week.

Matthew Henderson

I think it’s just been flawed from the outset. I don’t mind the idea, but it just hurts too many teams competitively. Though I’m sure the players enjoy the break, it needs to be better planned out so it doesn’t hurt teams as much. Limit the back-to-backs throughout the season, and spread it out that way, instead of all at once. The players will end up better in the long run.



  • Dan B

    I wonder if the mumps might have spread further if they were playing and practicing together daily. The bye week might have prevented even more players from getting sick.

  • Steamer

    Better yet, turn the Bye week into a ‘Super Skills’ extravaganza featuring farm animals & seemingly endless 3 on 3 punctuated but briefly with ‘Salute to the military’ & corporate beer memes. Wait, that’s basically what the league already is! Ok, how about we can the crap & go back to playing real hockey?

  • Vanoxy

    Columbus just shot down the theory about teams struggling after the bye. In a big way.

    I think it will benefit veteran teams, allowing some rest and recovery. But young teams, with lots of single guys, might have a bit of a hangover period due to the boys partying it up in Cancun for a few days.