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02-28-2013, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Oobz View Post
The more proposals I keep reading about this wildcard the more I think it would just be best to live with the fact the divisions/conferences are uneven and just do top 4 in each group. I think thats an easier pill to swallow than having a random team from another conference come in and compete for your own conference title.
Agreed. Just go with the divisional playoffs. Some teams in a strong division will not make the playoffs despite having more points than playoff-bound teams, but guess what? There are often teams missing the playoffs despite having more points than playoff-bound teams with today's format as well.

The biggest issue with the divisional playoffs was that in the mid-to-late 80's, the Smythe Division Finals basically was the Stanley Cup Finals. However, with the salary cap and the parity today we will most likely never face that issue.

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