The new playoff format - specifically, the wildcard/crossover rule
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02-27-2013, 03:41 PM
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Why would they agree to a wildcard that doesn't address any of their concerns?
It does address some of their concerns though. The NHLPA didn't like the fact that in a pure divisional format certain deserving teams would have a harder time getting into the playoff, whether it's because they play in an 8 team division, or because they play in a stronger division. The wild card option at least allows a better team in a stronger division a playoff spot as opposed to a lesser team in a weak division.
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