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12-06-2011, 03:09 PM
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So, the AHL finally adopts a conference playoff system and the NHL goes to move of a divisional format.
Well, not quite. They're conferences, not divisions, so there is no more "Eastern Conference" and "Western Conference" above the four 7-8 team Conferences. The GMs are going to determine this Spring how to proceed in the playoffs once they're down to the four Conference champions -- they may totally re-seed, thus completely destroying the East/West split of the league. This is more radical than just switching back to "divisional" playoffs.

That said, the NHL has a slightly more stable geography to work with than the AHL does, so I foresee many more AHL realignments while the NHL sticks with this one for several years.

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