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02-12-2013, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by MNNumbers View Post
Would anyone want to comment on what they think WILL happen. I agree with MO above that everyone has their own preference. I also think we all know that my preference does not necessarily agree with the BoG.

My own preference: Start with home/home with everyone, and work it out from there.

What I think will happen is that the NHL will show the PA a proposed travel schedule that will have some equality in it for everyone. And, they will come up with a playoff structure that makes equitable chances for each team - but it will be a variant of the 4-conference proposal from earlier.

Any one else have a guess as to what WILL happen?
The 4 division, 8 team per will happen. Exact details will vary.

But the reality is that nearly every major franchise/ownership group (with the obvious exception of DET) is in the Atlantic and Northeast, and those teams like the current arrangement, so the rest of the teams will move around them. The will expand the divisions to 8 to accommodate the fact that there will be 1 or 2 new eastern Canadian teams in the next 5 years.

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