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03-07-2013, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Crayton View Post
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.
Just to follow up this topic with a final comment:
If you have 4-Conferences then appropriately you should have 4 3rd Round finalists, one from each Conference. If you have 4-Divisions, you don't need to have 1 finalist from each Division in the 3rd Round.

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