Warning ... the following is only being posted to help with a rather slow news day.
Please lower your expectations immediately.
On July 22, the AHL wrote and said the schedule should be out the week of Aug. 3.
HEY ... That is this week! ... So those that plan their lives around 80 exciting games should get their fill of news in the coming days.
Someone wrote me and asked why the schedule wasn't already out.
Another e-mailer asked the earliest the schedule has ever been released.
I don't know the answer to either question, but I can give you the dates of the last six schedule release dates. Here they are as follows:
2008 - Aug. 7
2007 - Aug. 7
2006 - Aug. 2
2005 - Aug. 5
2004 - Aug. 10
2003 - July 31
This is as far back as I keep that information, but it is interesting to note how early they got it out in 2003 and how late it came out the next year.
Some people live and die for this date, and other hockey fans could care less.
Do you care when the AHL schedule is released? What is the first thing you look for when you get it?