Do you have a solution or are you just complaining because you couldn't make it? As was already pointed out, they have games just about every Saturday. The only thing they could have done differently is to give more notice and maybe put a disclaimer when people pick their benefits that this one will probably be midday on a weekday, but it appears you wouldn't have been able to make it anyway.
The problem here is that some of you aren't relating to the fact that there are people who can not attend this if it's during the day. Period. As it's been pointed out, not everyone has a job they can or should blow off to attend a practice.
They have a seperate autograph event at night (the team skate). They have a seperate meet-and-greet on the weekend (the BBQ). While it'd be nice if they had this event on the weekend too it just isn't possible with the condensed schedule this year even if they were inclined to do it - though I do think they're trying to keep from being overwhelmed with turnout at each event so they do it at different times.
Literally the only weekend day during the season I could make an argument for them having the practice was October 20th - night after the Ranger game and with two days off before a trip to Columbus, but that was less than a month after the BBQ, they like to space these things out. They had a Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday back to back eight out of ten weeks at one point between the end of November and mid-January and the other two weekends they were on the West Coast. Next weekend after that was the outdoor game with all the NHL mandated stuff (the outdoor practice, etc). They've had back-to-backs every weekend since the break.
Those of you who mentioned about playing on the weekend, you're automatically assuming the team had absolutely ZERO time on the weekends. That's false. On a pure face value level, they did.
If you look at the schedule, here some dates: 10/27, 12/15, 12/29, 2/2, 3/9 (all Sunday). If you break it down it would go something like this:
10/27- play in boston night before, next game is tuesday at home. (Pru center has concert that night).
12/15-home game night before, next game is home 12/18. (Pru Center concert that night).
12/29-play on long island night before, next game is home 12/31 (Pru Center no evens that night)
2/2-last game 1/31 in nashville, next game 2/3 at home (super bowl day)
3/9-home game night before, next game in philadelphia 3/11 (Pru Center has HS hockey tourney)
If there's going to be a debate about this, here's some material to work with now. It's not about time constraints, it's about discretion and that's two different things. Pete gave them the day off, or that a concert/HS tournament in the main arena happening 6 hours after the practice is somehow conflicting, or having it on Super Bowl Sunday....
Edited by TheRedStorm, 26 March 2014 - 12:27 AM.