HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 12:35 AM
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I can't believe it:
It's actually up on NHL.com.
All divisions as HNIC reported.
Names: ATLANTIC = the New York teams' division
CENTRAL = Montreal and Boston's division
MIDWEST = Minnesota's division
PACIFIC = Los Angeles' division
2 conferences, 4 divisions. Top 3 in each auto-qualify. Each conference gets 2 more.
Matrix = also as reported
To me: 2 problems.
1) There is still a 14/16 split, meaning the western teams have greater likelihood of qualifying for the playoffs. No big deal to me, but I thought the PA was dead against that.
2) Playing matrix still says that the 7-team divisions will play:
Out of conference = home/home = 32 games.
Out of division = 3 games = 21 games.
In division = all other games.
As we have calculated, that makes 82 games, sure, but it's impossible for the in division matrix to work out that way.
Is it april fools day or something? I still can't believe this is a serious proposal. I said it before, I'll say it again. How the hell does thhe league explain any of this to the casual or new fan and have it make sense to them? After all, they're the ones the league is trying to draw in, correct? When it's such a cluster that long time, true, hardcore fans are having problems wrapping our heads around it, I don't see how it can work long term...or short term for that matter. I don't get how 1 more game vs a select conference makes a conference? Especially when you're taking away games from those teams in your own division. How does the absolute worst proposal, next to sticking w the status quo, get approved?? I know it's not official yet, and if there's a higher power I pray it doesn't get approved.
Many have said this regarding the alignment issue, but it should also be used for the scheduling matrix as well. Keep it simple stupid. Apparently the league and possibly even the PA fall somewhere below that moniker.
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