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Leafs Could Miss Playoffs

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
July 22, 2005. A fateful date. The day the governors ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. The day the new rules were unveiled. The day National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced he had just stacked the deck against the Maple Leafs making the playoffs. You missed that last one? Perhaps that's because it wasn't said in those words. But it was there. It was the revelation that in My Game, the schedule would be highly unbalanced. Now, each team plays its divisional opponents eight times a season and the rest of its conference opponents four times. Had life gone on as normal in the NHL, it probably wouldn't have mattered much. But life changed. Some of the perennial also-rans decided to change their status. Whether they were successful or not remains to be seen. After all, this is the Year of Uncertainty in the NHL calendar. No one knows what will happen, but even so, there are certain unassailable facts which must be considered.


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