Can you imagine hockey’s most vocal ambassador and one of its most exciting players serving as commissioner?
It’ll never happen, of course, but when P.K. Subban joined the Bill Simmons Podcast this week, he pondered the idea, and discussed some of the things he’d change.
“One day I’d love to be the commissioner of the NHL,” Subban said. ([URL="https://theringer.com/bill-simmons-podcast-d3868264a984#.q6zyfl3rq"]Listen to the full podcast here[URL])
“Let’s play less games. Our game is just (as), if not more physical than the NFL. They play 16 games all year, we play 82, plus travel, plus playoffs.
"Jonathan Toews has played over 100 games a year probably consistently over the past five or six years. Think of the wear and tear on your body."http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/p-k-subban-one-day-id-love-commissioner-nhl/“If I had it my way, I would like to see the games get cut down,” Subban said. “82 games, in my opinion, it’s a grind. You’re going to see great players’ careers ended shorter because of the fact they’re playing more games. And you look at this year just the schedule alone, we’ve been playing almost every second day for the whole season. It’s been crazy because of the World Cup and the All-Star Game and all these extra things coming in.
“The days of seeing guys who have 22-year careers – only the freaks will be able to do that.”
He also talks with Simmons about the number of Canadian teams, changing the Norris Trophy to the Bobby Orr Trophy, and more.