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by George Malik on 01/21/12 at 05:15 AM ET
File this one under, “I thought everybody knew this already”: the Ottawa Sun’s Chris Stevenson points out that when the NHLPA told the NHL it had issues with realignment as the NHL had configured “conferences” inequitably by affording current Eastern Conference teams a 4-in-7 chance of making the playoffs but giving Western Conference teams 4-in-8 odds, the PA suggested that the NHL should allow the teams which would have otherwise missed the cut to engage in “wild card” playoff play-in games:
According to a couple of players, the NHLPA suggested adding wild cards to the mix and having them stage a play-in game or games to earn the final playoff spots. Details were sketchy, but one player told NHL Saturday there was support for the idea of a doubleheader afternoon with four teams playing sudden-death games to decide which ones would get the final couple of playoff spots.
“They would have the stage to themselves and can you imagine the hockey?” one player said. “It would mean more revenue for everybody, but it was a non-starter from the owners’ standpoint. They weren’t interested at all.”
Another player said it doesn’t mean the idea is dead.
“There is going to be realignment and it’s all going to have to be negotiated,” he said.
Continued with other NHL notes…
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