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New Stanley Cup Playoff format. Yay or Nay?
The NHL has gone a little NBA on us.  They have abandoned the idea that the lowest remaining seed always plays the highest remaining seed in their post season tournament.  Instead going back to a more division based format similar to what they did 2 decades ago.  What do you think?  Like it?  Hate it?  

Feel free to explain your opinions in the comment section.   I'd be curious to hear some takes on this myself.
Featured by: Jess at 4/15/14 6:54PM
| Closed on 05/20/14 at 05:00PM
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#1 | 111 days ago

Just not a fan of set brackets.  I feel teams should be rewarded with higher finishes with matchups with the lower seeded teams.  One upset throws it all out of whack.

Also, I recall back when the playoffs were division based, I just got really tired of seeing the same playoff matchups year after year after year.  It's boring.  And why I would LOVE to see a league wide playoff regardless of what division teams are in.  Would make the playoffs far more fun and I think would result in more interesting finals.
I do not like it  
#2 | 111 days ago

While I agree league wide playoff system would result in more interesting match ups, I do think there's some major faults with it potentially.  This is something NBA bloggers have been discussing for a while too and I think its an interesting proposal but one I in the end disagree with.  The biggest issue I think is that it has the potential to really harm top teams.  Say, like it is in the NBA right now, one conference is far stronger than the other.  That could result in say a Vancouver (I'm going completely hypothetical here, I have no clue who's doing well in the NHL right now) finishing with the President's Cup and then playing series against Tampa and New York before playing top competition.  Those kinds of trips are exhausting and add up.

As for reseeding, I've always hated it.  I get it and there's a strong argument for its fairness, but I've always hated it.
#3 | 110 days ago

kantwistaye wrote:
While I agree league wide playoff system would result in more interesting match ups, I do think there's some major faults with it potentially.  This is something NBA bloggers have been discussing for a while too and I think its an interesting proposal but one I in the end disagree with.  The biggest issue I think is that it has the potential to really harm top teams.  Say, like it is in the NBA right now, one conference is far stronger than the other.  That could result in say a Vancouver (I'm going completely hypothetical here, I have no clue who's doing well in the NHL right now) finishing with the President's Cup and then playing series against Tampa and New York before playing top competition.  Those kinds of trips are exhausting and add up.

As for reseeding, I've always hated it.  I get it and there's a strong argument for its fairness, but I've always hated it.
The thing is, more than half the league is in the eastern time zone already.  The western conference already must endure long trips for playoff opponents.  The Canucks, for example, could very well have to play Nashville.  Hardly a quick plane ride.  The idea that long plane rides are exhausting for players I just cannot get on board with.  Their travel is not like our travel.  They have their own gates.  Have their own charters.  And are resting in large comfy seats.  Granted travel itself can be exhausting.  But the ease and comfort these teams travel in keeps that factor to a minimum. 
I prefer league wide playoffs to counteract the times when one conference is much better than the other.  If the two best teams are in the west, they should play in the finals.  Not the semis.  Those are reasons why I endorse such a move. 

I'm curious as to what reasons you have for your disdain for the reseeding concept.  The NFL does it.  Do you hate it there too?
I do not like it  
#4 | 109 days ago

ML31 wrote:
The thing is, more than half the league is in the eastern time zone already.  The western conference already must endure long trips for playoff opponents.  The Canucks, for example, could very well have to play Nashville.  Hardly a quick plane ride.  The idea that long plane rides are exhausting for players I just cannot get on board with.  Their travel is not like our travel.  They have their own gates.  Have their own charters.  And are resting in large comfy seats.  Granted travel itself can be exhausting.  But the ease and comfort these teams travel in keeps that factor to a minimum. 
I prefer league wide playoffs to counteract the times when one conference is much better than the other.  If the two best teams are in the west, they should play in the finals.  Not the semis.  Those are reasons why I endorse such a move. 

I'm curious as to what reasons you have for your disdain for the reseeding concept.  The NFL does it.  Do you hate it there too?
And Western conference teams sort of have to just live with that issue to an extent, but repeated trips would become an issue.

As for the reseeding, I'll never claim my hatred to be logical or consistent.  I can live with the NFL because its for one round.  Otherwise I just prefer the strict bracket and knowing how your path is going to play out.  Its probably partly due to basketball being my favorite sport and that's how we do it.
#5 | 106 days ago

I think I'll withhold judgment until we've gone a post-season through this and find out how well/awful it goes. I have to admit that while I'm usually quite open to change, I'm not-so-much like that with my sports for some reason, so initially I tend to dislike it. But, we'll see.
#6 | 106 days ago

Another thing I don't like is the division playoff format (like the old Adams, Smyth, Norris days) but with wildcard teams from another division. So a Metropolitain team could come out of the Atlantic!? They're trying to have it both ways. Just go top 4 in each div, top 8 per conference or go all the way back to top 16 in the league.
I do not like it  
#7 | 106 days ago

The Bruins played the Canadiens every year in the playoffs from 1983-84 to 1991-92.. As painful as it was at times, I have no problem with it.

Cheers to 10 Western Conference teams making the playoffs this year
#8 | 106 days ago

I don't know if I like it. I think it's worked out pretty well (points wise) for the Western Conference playoff match-ups, but we'll see. 
#9 | 105 days ago

(Edited by ML31)
kantwistaye wrote:
And Western conference teams sort of have to just live with that issue to an extent, but repeated trips would become an issue.

As for the reseeding, I'll never claim my hatred to be logical or consistent.  I can live with the NFL because its for one round.  Otherwise I just prefer the strict bracket and knowing how your path is going to play out.  Its probably partly due to basketball being my favorite sport and that's how we do it.
Well...   All I can say to that is the western teams have lived with it from the beginning and thus far it hasn't seemed to have become any kind of issue.  I see no reason why the eastern teams can't have a piece of that too.

I can respect the reason of somewhat knowing your path ahead of time.  But just a reminder...  The re-seeding in the NHL's conference based playoff only took place after one round as well. 

My personal preference, however, would be to seed teams 1-16.  Would make for a far more interesting playoff and also includes the potential for more interesting final matchups.  I think it would be cool for the Habs and Leafs to have the chance to meet in a final, for example.   (among other great possibilities)  Maybe that's just me.
I do not like it  

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