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12-10-2012, 08:37 PM
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Clearly, the number of NHL regular season games played prior to the Stanley Cup playoffs is a bona fide issue:

Whenever the sides do get back together, they will need to work quickly on a new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week, after the most recent round of negotiations, that a season must consist of at least 48 games to protect its integrity. That's the same number of games played during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.
There might be merit to the argument that winners of the cup regardless of regular season games played is legitimate (NJ Devils); but even the NHL recognizes limits...

My personal opinion, anything less than the current 82 game slate is questionable.. Why? Because some teams have super stars that might not last 82 games… in the end, a shortened season is NOT equal to an 82 game season that is the current standard…..

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