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02-25-2013, 12:20 PM
Mantha Poodoo
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After thinking on this a bit, I've come to a conclusion regarding the previously accepted alignment vs this current proposed one.

The players issue is that the playoff qualification is uneven. The accepted solution seems to be a wild card scenario. However, the players didn't like a wild card scenario with the previous alignment. It's my guess that the players pushed for the 16 ETZ teams to be together and to have the 2 8 team conferences because they feel it's more fair for the lower travel east teams to have to participate in a wild card scenario than the higher travel west teams.

Occam's razor in effect here. It seems the simplest reason for why this might work for the NHLPA over the previous setup, so....

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