Why the realignment?

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    Re: Why the realignment?

    In response to Wheatskins's comment:

    The league is also adding 2 wild card spots in each conference - to bilk more money from the fans.

    This move renders the regular season totally meaningless and useless. Whoopie, after an 82 game schedule, only 2 teams in each conference don't make the play-offs.

    A team can take weeks and months off, at a time, a few times a year, and still get in. I  reckon teams won't even bother breaking a sweat most nights. Wow! Thanks NHL. If you don't look out for me, who will?




    I think you misunderstood the Wild card system being proposed - in the Eastern Conference 8 teams won't make it, in the West 6 won't - still 16 out of 30, same as now.

     
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    Re: Why the realignment?

    Although it does mean winning the conference division as important, more time to rest.  The playoffs are a long haul.  If the wild card playoffs were reduced to a 3 or 5 game schedule it would be even more competitive and may eliminate the NYRangers/Philly debacle from a few years ago just as a side note.  Overall I agree the regular season is a yawn at 80 games.....this year is different.  

     

    In response to Wheatskins' comment:

    The league is also adding 2 wild card spots in each conference - to bilk more money from the fans.

    This move renders the regular season totally meaningless and useless. Whoopie, after an 82 game schedule, only 2 teams in each conference don't make the play-offs.

    A team can take weeks and months off, at a time, a few times a year, and still get in. I  reckon teams won't even bother breaking a sweat most nights. Wow! Thanks NHL. If you don't look out for me, who will?




     
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    Re: Why the realignment?

    Wheats and isla, to clarify, under the current Wild Card proposal, there would not be a wild card playoff. Rather, the top three teams in each division would make it, with the next two best record teams in the conference making it, with the top division winner playing the lowest wild card, and the second best division winner playing the better wild card team.

    Under the proposed system, the playoffs based on today's standings would look like

    East

    Atlantic

    Pitts vs. Detroit (Detroit would move over from the Central on the Wildcard)

    NJ vs. Philly

    Central

    Montreal vs. Toronto 

    Boston vs. Ottawa

    West

    Mid-west

    Chicago vs. San Jose (SJ would be the weaker wild card team s they'd play Chicago and move over from the Pacific)

    Nashville vs. St. Louis

    Pacific

    Anaheim vs. Dallas (Dallas would move over from the Midwest on the Wildcard)

    Vancouver vs. LA

    The winners of each division series would then play each other, with the winners of those playing the conference final.

     
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    Re: Why the realignment?

    Illitch is pushing the move for Detroit and he will probably get his way.

     
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    Re: Why the realignment?

    In response to Wheatskins' comment:

    The league is also adding 2 wild card spots in each conference - to bilk more money from the fans.

    This move renders the regular season totally meaningless and useless. Whoopie, after an 82 game schedule, only 2 teams in each conference don't make the play-offs.

    A team can take weeks and months off, at a time, a few times a year, and still get in. I  reckon teams won't even bother breaking a sweat most nights. Wow! Thanks NHL. If you don't look out for me, who will?




    I disagree that the regular season is meaningless and useless not matter what the playoff format is.

    I am super pumped to watch the game tonight, and am on most occasions.  I hate missing any game.  I look forward to them all day long.  My view won't change on this, even if all teams got in.  It's fun to watch hockey.

     
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    Re: Why the realignment?

    From PuckDaddy:

    Ilya Kovlachuk's not so into realignment. “For us I don’t think it makes any sense to change it,” Kovalchuk said. “We have a great division with good travel for all the teams in our division. A lot of rivalry games.”

     

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    Turns out New Jersey isn't the only team in the league, Ilya.

     
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    Re: Why the realignment?

    Fist off, there's no reason on this fine earth of ours why the new realingment shouldn't be called the Cambell and Wales Conferences, then Smythe-Norris-Adams-Patrick. The geographical names, as we know, don't fit. That said, I am 100% for a balanced schedule and 1-16 playoff.

    Let's make it easy for the NHL, and with using their new proposed alignment:

     

    Smythe: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, LA, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver

    Norris: Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg

    Patrick: Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, NYI, NYR, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

    Adams: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto

     

    For the Western Conference (call it Campbell already!)

    4 divisional games = 24

    4 intra-conference games = 24

    2 cross-conference home and home = 32

    2 special event games: outdoors, rivalry day, in Europe, whatever

    = 82 games

     

    For the Eastern Conference (Prince of Wales, of course)

    4 divisional games = 28

    3 intra-conference games = 24 (this adjusts for the fact that there are 2 more teams in the Wales Conf)

    2 cross-conference home and home = 28

    2 special event games: outdoors, rivalry day, in Europe, whatever

     

    = 82 games

     

    Playoffs

    Top 8 Teams from the East make the playoffs (half)

    Top 7 Teams from the West make the playoffs (half so it's fair)

    Remaining team from either conference with the best overall record is the Wild Card, and plays as the 8 seed in the West.

    RD1 standard 1-8 format: West 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5 | East 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5

    RD2: standard Conference semifinal format. Re-seed teams and play 1-4, 2-3

    RD3: Here's where you have fun. Re-seed the final 4 and play 1-4, 2-3 regardless of conference. This allows for a Cup Final that can be two teams from the same conference, while still maintaining the integrity of conference play in the earlier rounds. By now, you should have the top 4 teams in the league anyway.

    RD4: Last 2 standing

     

    Here's how it would look if ended today, although obviously not everyone has played the same # of games:

    (1)Montreal- (8)Carolina, (2)Boston-(7)Detroit, (3)Ottawa-(6)New Jersey, (4)Pittsburgh-(5)Toronto

    (1)Chicago-(8wc)San Jose, (2)Anaheim-(7)Minnesota, (3)Vancouver-(6)Los Angeles, (4)Nashville-(5)St. Louis

     

    Let's bring this though purely on current standings:

    (1)Montreal-(4)Pittsburgh, (2)Boston-(3)Ottawa

    (1)Chicago-(4)Nashville, (2)Anaheim-(3)Vancouver

     

    And now the fun part for the Semis:

    (1)Chicago-(4)Boston, (2)Anaheim-(3)Montreal

    With upsets and the natural flow of things, who wouldn't want to see BOS-MTL for the Cup, or CHI-VAN, SJ-ANA, PIT-PHI, DET-CHI, PIT-BOS or any other great matchup?

     
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