Realignment plan approved; set for play through the 2015-16 season
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03-08-2013, 11:48 AM
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That's pretty much it, LadyStanley. Although I seem to remember some article saying that the wildcards would be seeded lowest vs the team with the top-record in the Conference, regardless of Division. IF that's the case, then that's also another issue that some of us have with this new "arrangement". Why should the 1st place team in the Conference possibly have to play a team in the other Division in the 1st Round? And especially in the Western Conference where that could mean PTZ vs CTZ. Quite a negative reward for getting the top-seed in the Conference.
For all we know, that could be coming from the PA. Maybe the PA wants the top seed to have to play the lowest seed, regardless of travel, if it's split 5/3. Maybe the travel between the CTZ and PTZ isn't as big of a deal for that playoff series, as opposed to an ETZ and PTZ playoff series, which is why Detroit and Columbus have made it such an issue.
Knowing more about what the PA and its members are thinking might give more clarity on the issue. We don't even know what alignment the PA would/did create, we just know they accepted the league's proposal for at least a couple years.
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