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02-26-2013, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Crayton View Post
4 Wild Card teams is great news. If one conference has 3 playoff teams and another has 5 then just rank the teams from both conferences and pair the two teams from the lesser represented conference whose relative rank best approaches 1v8, 2v7, etc... (erring toward the middle of the grouping) and go from there.

If two conferences have 5 teams and two have 3, then the two western conferences will be paired (even if this is 6 or 10 teams rather than 8) as will the two eastern conferences.

Repeat considerations for Round 2. This means that no more than 1 series in the first two rounds will cross timezones (not counting divisional teams already in different timezones).

I'd definitely suggest a league-wide reseeding for the Stanley Cup Semifinals. As soon as you have wild-cards, postseason "conference" champs won't mean a thing; it'd be silly for Boston or Anaheim to win the other's conference championship. The series hosting the westernmost Stanley Cup semifinalist will compete for the Clarence Campbell Trophy; the other series for the Prince of Wales Trophy.

With current standings and the proposed conferences:

Adams: 1) Montreal 2) Ottawa 3) Boston 4*) Toronto 5*) Detroit
Patrick: 1) Pittsburgh 2) New Jersey 3) Tampa Bay
Norris: 1) Chicago 2) Nashville 3) St. Louis 4*) Dallas
Smythe: 1) Anaheim 2) Vancouver 3) San Jose 4*) Phoenix

ROUND ONE (# seed for Adams/Patrick relative rankings)
Chicago vs. Dallas
Nashville vs. St. Louis
Anaheim vs. Phoenix
Vancouver vs. San Jose
1 Montreal vs. 7 Detroit
2 Pittsburgh vs. 8 Tampa Bay **these Patrick teams closest to traditional pairing
3 Ottawa vs. 6 Toronto
4 Boston vs. 5 New Jersey *cross-conference series

ROUND TWO (# seed for Adams/Patrick relative rankings)
Chicago vs. St. Louis
Anaheim vs. Vancouver
1 Montreal vs. 6 Toronto
2 Pittsburgh vs. 4 Boston *cross-conference series

SC SEMIFINALS (league-wide reseeding; # league-wide ranking)
1 Chicago vs. 7 Boston (Prince of Wales Trophy)
2 Montreal vs. 3 Anaheim (Clarence Campbell Trophy)

STANLEY CUP FINALS
Montreal vs. Boston

Of course, I still like my 3 conference idea with 8-6-16 teams (west to east) in each conference. Half of each conference goes to the playoffs and a 16th wild-card team is placed in the Central Division playoff; after two rounds the 4 remaining teams are reseeded league-wide.
Great explanation and a good idea, too.

But, what if you had:

Adams: 1) Montreal 2) Ottawa 3) Boston 4*) Toronto 5*) Detroit
Patrick: 1) Pittsburgh 2) New Jersey 3) Tampa Bay 4*) Florida
Norris: 1) Chicago 2) Nashville 3) St. Louis 4*) Dallas
Smythe: 1) Anaheim 2) Vancouver 3) San Jose ??

I am not looking at standings right now, but let's assume it's (for the Adams and Smythe)

1Montreal 2Anaheim
3Ottawa 4Boston
5Vancouver 6San Jose
7Toronto 8Detroit

I am assuming you are suggesting that the Anaheim/San Jose pairing hold.
So, it's:Montreal v Detroit; Anaheim V San Jose; Ottawa v Toronto; Boston v Vancouver???

Now let's say Boston wins, and Montreal, Toronto and San Jose:
Then: 1Montreal, 2Boston, 3San Jose, 4Toronto.
So, it's Montreal v Toronto, Boston v San Jose?

Let's say Montreal and Boston win. Now, what happened in the other 2 conferences? Presumably, we have something like Chicago and Rangers. But, it could be Chicago and Nashville. Do you Re-seed? Then, you could get Boston v Chicago and Montreal v Nashville. And, finally, Boston v Nashville. Keep in mind the Bruins could be facing Colorado here also.

So, Boston needs, by chance, to win 4 series out of TZ. 2 of them with PTZ. 1 with MTZ? (Col), and 1 CTZ to win the Cup.

Now, I like this system. I really do. 4 wild cards is good to me. But, it does leave this kind of a thing as a possibility. And, you can't fix it by linking the 2 ETZ conferences either, because then you have 8/14 and 8/16.

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