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10-02-2012, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Partagas View Post
The fairest way would be a 16-team tournament.

4 NHL teams (2 USA, 2 Canada)
4 KHL teams
2 Swe teams
2 Fin teams

3 teams depend on a european bracket between the best German, Swiss, Czech and Slovakian teams
1 the team that wins the highest European honor... Right now it seems like its the Continental Cup (Dragon en Route of France won)

So one or no swiss teams ?
Do you know that only the swiss teams have defeated NHL teams ? ZCS Lions won Victoriacup vs Chicago Blackhawks and Zug defeated New York Rangers (with full roster) some months ago.
To be honest, that's a bit eurocentric and not reflective of the proportion fans, finance and talent in the world for hockey.

I think a 16-team champions league with 8 NA teams and 8 Euro teams would be more fair. 4 KHL, 1 SEL, 1 SM-liiga, 1 DEL, 1 NLA.

I think there's a good chance that the NHL will expand to 32 teams and have 8 per conference (like the realignment proposal from the NHL). 2 teams per conference from the NHL.

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