Bingo. Just not right to award the Stanley Cup after a 48 game season. HUGE asterisk.
I'm sure that's how the 95 Devils feel...
48 games is enough. On January 25 last year, teams had played 47-50 games, and 14 of the 16 eventual playoff teams were in playoff positions (there was actually a 4-way tie for 6th-9th in the east at 55 points, while Phoenix was 3 points out in the west).
Basically what happened in the second half was that Toronto & Minnesota faded badly and opened up their playoff spots, but everyone else was there already.
Also, I don't understand why players are so strong against what the owners want for contract length. The owners and management are the ones that sign the players deals and if they feel strongly about the length they want in the CBA then how can the players argue that so much? It doesnt make sense to me. If they players get what they want in contract length and then once the season rolls around and no player gets signed to the length they achieved in the CBA are they going to feel like morons for wasting this time?
The only problem to argue about that makes sense to me would be pension
Really? You don't understand why the players are opposed to limits on contract length? Let's see security, guaranteed money.