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11-19-2012, 11:51 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Boise, ID
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I just don't see how it's "fair" that you could play abjectly poor in the West but still get in yet a better team in the East can play well and miss out.
Granted there's not much you can do until potential expansion in the West.
Without the East and West playing each other it is impossible to assess the talent level of either conference. Lets say that the 6 of the top 10 teams in the ECHL are in the West. Then you are saying that teams 7 and 8 in the Western Conf. playoffs got their "abjectly poor" records by playing the top teams in the league every game and don't deserve to be in the playoffs. While teams 7 and 8 in the East "earned" their way in by playing a majority of their games against lesser talent. It could be the exact opposite and your argument could be very valid.
Throw in the fact that if the NHL lockout ends in the middle of the ECHL season most ECHL teams will be gutted (to differing degrees) and starting over with guys who aren't playing anywhere right now.
Nothing is normal about this year so trying to compare apples for apples when you have apples and oranges is going to be impossible.
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