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03-06-2013, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
Who cares who a Division winner is in the Playoffs? Very few even care who the Conference winner is, other than the fact that a Conference winner then has the chance to win what people do care about, the Stanley Cup. Conference Champs don't even want to touch the trophy these days.

Divisions serve the purpose of rivalry matchups during the Regular Season, and can also be used for that purpose in the Playoffs as much as a top-8 will allow, which can be 6/8 matchups or as much as 8/8 matchups in the 1st Round, and at minimum 3/4 of the matchups in the 2nd Round. Beyond that, a Division champ is as about as meaningful as, you know the saying, **** on a bull.
Yeah, this is my sentiment as well. If it helps remove the 'tinge' of what might be Anaheim winning the Atlantic Conference then don't bracket the playoff. The NHL doesn't bracket the first round now anyway. Bracketing is foolish if you include a cross-over. Bettman will keep the CC and PW trophies, but beyond that there is no need. (Though Bettman [not necessarily the BOG] would prefer 2 conferences)

And my point earlier was that if whether a series is divisional is of THAT much importance, then why weren't people crying foul last year at all those PTZ/CTZ series! Well, I guess I did hear some; so by "people" I mean the "people" in charge.

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