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01-04-2013, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by DyerMaker66 View Post
Why not just add one team to the playoffs in each conference? That way divisional leaders get a buy in the first round and the highest remaining seed gets a buy in the third round. Here's how I'd do it using laster year's Eastern Conference Standings (Assuming no upsets to make it easy):

Penguins vs. Sabres. - Rangers vs Devils - Boston vs. Panthers - Rangers vs Boston - SCF
Flyers vs. Sens. - Boston vs Flyers
Devils vs. Caps. - Panthers vs Penguins

You add one round while rewarding season play and adding more teams to the playoffs.
Or have 6 teams make the playoffs and give the top 2 point earners first rounds byes similar to how the NFL does it. That's the best option IMO...makes the regular season actually matter and doesn't put in more then half the league into the playoffs...

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