Hate Marchand. Glad Shanahan doesn't find his act cute and "gritty" like almost everybody else does.
I jumped on the bruins boards to hear there reactions. Almost all say this is a clean hit and are furious on the suspension.
Makes me so proud to be a ranger fan like the rest of us who would agree with the call whether it was our player or not and at least be able to call it for what it is. A DIRTY hit from a repeat DIRTY player!
“There was no common ground with what was originally proposed,” Dubinsky said. “Teams in the West were unhappy because they felt they had the poorest chance of making the playoffs, and absolutely mathematically there was, versus us out here in the East. There’s teams in our (proposed) conference that were upset ... We felt like our conference was stronger than another team’s conference, and it shouldn’t be fair that Washington, us, Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philly are all in the same division. Only one of us has the opportunity to get to the conference finals?”
Personally, I don't mind the new set-up for the regular season. 4 conferences, new schedule. The play-offs are a different story. Hate the idea of 4 qualifiers per conference no matter what. Good chance of a higher number of strong teams missing out each year than now. Maybe do the top 2 or 3 in each conference getting play-off spots and 8 or 4 wild cards based on overall standings. You can still give priority to geographic distribution of wild cards for 1st round match-ups. Every other league in NA has some kind of wild card system for making the play-offs.
You can't compare points between conferences since they play completely different schedules. I actually find the current system with divisions ridiculous since teams compete for the same playoff spots with different schedules.
Parise told The Star-Ledger that money will be a significant consideration when negotiations for a new contract begin, but his feeling about whether the Devils have a legitimate chance to eventually win a Stanley Cup will probably be the overriding factor.
“For me that’s probably the biggest thing,” Parise said. “The money is definitely important. That’s real life, let’s face it. I’m not going to say it’s not. That’s realistic. But most important for me is being competitive and having a chance to win the Stanley Cup.”
I agree with Dubinsky's comments regarding realignment. Our conference is definitely stronger than the "Northeast" conference. Weaker teams will end up making the playoffs and possibly advance further than stronger teams who deserve to be there.