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02-24-2013, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Eddie Shack View Post
Didn't I read somewhere that unbalanced conferences is an issue to the PA? Players in 8 team conferences have a harder time making the playoffs (have to beat out 4 teams) than teams in the 7 team conference (have to beat out 3 teams). Therefore, and unfair pay advantage. Did they not express that last year when realignment was initially put forward?
That, and travel. Perhaps by making the Western Conferences smaller it balances travel disadvantage with playoff chance disadvantage. They may have traded a guaranteed playoff spot from the west as well. There's also a school of thought the PA saying no was just the first act of Fehr telling the NHL to piss off.

It makes the most sense to have a 7 and an 8 in both east and west, then have the top 3 in each guaranteed playoff spot with the next 2 highest totals from those two conferences getting in. Actually, it makes sense to just stop screwing with things until they have expanded to 32 and just swap Columbus and Winnipeg, but what do I know.

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