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03-06-2013, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by CHRDANHUTCH View Post

that's why a crossover is an abject failure..... and one major reason why the AHL finally adopted the 3 division alignment in each conference, after having 2 divisions of which one division had 7 and then 8 in a division necessitatating a cross-over, in which two teams from the same division ended up playing each other in the CF, and precisely why Binghamton got the paved road to win the Atlantic Division DESPITE BEING THE 5 SEED in the East Division, Lowell relocated to Albany and switched from the Atlantic to the East, necessitating a cross-over in that division as which the Atlantic had that issue the previous year as did the West Division in the Western Conference.
And, this is the reason for so much of the tension between the 2 sides, the PA and the NHL. The crossover doesn't really work that well as a 2 round system, so have these 2 possibilities:

1) Have conferences of and force the PA to accept what looks like uneven playoff possibilities, or a mini-playoff between the 4 and 5 seeds in the 2 ETZ conferences, or

2) Force either DET or CMB (and maybe both if PHX goes to QUE) to stay in the west, go to a Now, force the NHL to accept conferences playoffs all the way up. You have a 15.15 structure, and the league loses $$ because you don't get as good of local TV start times in Rounds 1 and 2.

And, if we all can't agree as to what is best, how are the NHL and PA supposed to agree? No wonder it's a fight.

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