Daly on impact of realignment on expansion, negotiations w/NHLPA
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03-01-2013, 02:15 PM
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In theory, interesting. So, to explain how it works:
Top 16 by points qualify.
#1 overall seed plays lowest seed within one Time Zone
#2 overall seed plays lowest seed left within one Time Zone
Continue. If you get to where no such matchups exist, then expand to 2 TZs for that team. Finally, if you must, ETZ v PTZ.
Round 2 does a total re-seed and do the above process again
Round 3: PW Trophy is contested by the 2 easternmost remaining teams, CC by the 2 westernmost remaining teams.
I like it, but I can't see the League and the PA thinking this far outside of the box.
Pretty far out of the box; the number of league-wide "wild-card" berths (4 or all 16) can be determined by the big-wigs.
As far as the process, you would not go down the list of teams, but would rather group teams by pairs of TZs (starting from the West), pairing teams closest to #1 vs. #16.
Here is an example seeding for the second round; this is a difficult example because there are 2 CTZ and 2 MTZ teams but an odd number of PTZ and ETZ teams.
8 St. Louis
The quoted process of starting at #1 and going down would result in this:
1 Chicago vs. 8 St. Louis (0 spots away from traditional seeding)
2 Montreal vs. 5 Pittsburgh (2 spots away from traditional seeding)
3 Anaheim vs. 7 Colorado (1 spot away from traditional seeding)
4 Boston vs . 6 Phoenix (2 TZs! 1 spot away from traditional seeding)
But now we will start by grouping teams by timezones: P+M
We need to leave 1 MTZ team remaining. Anaheim and Phoenix are closest to 1v8,2v7... so Colorado is left.
8 St. Louis
We need to leave 1 CTZ team remaining, so Chicago and Colorado are paired.
The final pairings look like this:
1 Chicago vs. 7 Colorado (1 spot away from traditional seeding)
2 Montreal vs. 8 St. Louis (1 spot away from traditional seeding)
3 Anaheim vs. 6 Phoenix (0 spots away from tradtional seeding)
4 Boston vs. 5 Pittsburgh (0 spots away from tradtional seeding)
And so there are minimal (zero) multi-TZ series and minimal deviation from traditional 1v8 seeding.
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