Among the topics covered was gambling, ad revenue, the Hockey Canada investigation, players returning to Russia in the offseason, the World Cup and when we may next see the salary cap take a big jump.
If you’d like to listen to the full podcast with Jesse Granger, Michael Russo and Joe Smith, including Daly’s interview, you can listen here.
Here, too, is much of the Q&A with Daly. Some of the questions and answers have been edited for clarity.
Short offseason with the draft in July and free agency July 13. What has this offseason been like for you and the rest of the league office?
A little bit shorter, but we’ve been dealing with that for three years really. Shortened offseasons. It was only two weeks shorter than it normally is. The good news is we’re back on track with training camp starting (Wednesday). We’ll start the season in early October and end it in mid June and we’ll get back on a cycle where free agency starts July 1.
Was there ever a point during the season that you were worried about getting back on a normal schedule?
Well, there were points during this past regular season where I was worried about finishing the season. Certainly, December, January time period with the (COVID-19) omicron variant had most of our teams decimated. We had to shut down some teams. We had to take a longer Christmas break than we typically take. It wiped out any possibility of being able to participate in the