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12-29-2003, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Arankys
Theres hardly anymore fan involvment in the game anymore like for instance there was always players from another team that the fans truly hated or villains now fans may boo an occasional holdout or player that requested a trade. Dont get me started on lack of rivalries between teams its a joke and a mockery compared to what was in the past.
The main reason that it is the case is because the NHL left the divisional playoff format. When you played the same 2 or 3 teams for 10 straight years in the playoffs, you really HATE those teams.

This is exactly the reason I've been saying for a few years now that the league needs to return to a 4 division alignment (even though they'd be unbalanced) and return the playoff system to where the 1st two rounds are within the division.