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The NHL’s recent playoff format needs to change. That much is clear. The players are not keen on it, the majority of the coaches whine about it and the fans aren’t enamored by it.
They took something that wasn’t broken — that the 1-through-8 format — also tried to mend it. From the process, they were able to devalue the NHL’s elephantine 82-regular season because of its best teams from bracketing the play offs. The Tampa Bay Lightning might end the season with a talk of the NHL record for most points in a season (132) and also their reward will be to face either the secondbest team while in the full NHL (Boston) or the fifth-best (Toronto) from the second circular, rather than reseeding the field to provide them with a more favorable foe. That is a joke.
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Even when the current playoff structure remains, protecting and rewarding your very best seeds is a common-sense fix. However, what about going for an even greater advantage?
Think about allowing them to choose their opponents in the initial round?
This is the thought put forth recently by Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle in a dialogue with Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. “the way in which in which the game is moving, all of the [advanced numbers ], you might choose the team you match up best with. Better traveling, what,” he explained.
[The irony of a new player who spent the majority of his career with the Coyotes and Panthers explaining exactly what the NHL have to perform using its own playoff structure… well, we digress…]
When you might rememberthis idea was put to the test last season by the Southern Professional Hockey League in what it predicted “The Challenge Round.” The very best three teams from the play offs all had a opportunity to choose their first-round opponents, by the teams summoned 5-through-8.
No. two Macon, nevertheless, made a decision to proceed beyond the box and then pick No. 6 Evansville for his or her best-of-three series. Subsequently No. 3 Pensacola chose not to play with the No. 7-seeded Mississippi RiverKings, opting for No. 5 Knoxville alternatively. Huntsville, the No. 4 seed, actually ended up with the No. 7 RiverKings.
So just how can it play out? All the top seeds advanced save for Pensacola, that was angry by Knoxville in a two-game sweep. Why not take the No. 7 seed alternatively, in hind sight? Part of it was a hunch, and part of it was outside of traveling considerations.
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The 2nd game was in Knoxville, 271 kilometers off, on a Saturday. An 3rd and deciding game will be played in Birmingham, Alabama, at your home arena of the Bulls, who didn’t qualify for the playoffs in their inaugural season. That is because Pensacola’s home arena was booked for a cheerleading and dance championship that weekend, and Birmingham was located across halfway between Knoxville and Pensacola. However, in losing 2 direct, they made it all there.
Huntsville, the team that did play with the seed? Well, they finished up winning the entire tournament.
The”Challenge Round” was successful enough they’re doing it in the SPHL in 2013, with a big selection show on April 7 hosted by Matthew Harding and Mike Campos by TheSinBin.net.
Harding explained that he expects a number teams might alter their opponents again in 2013, although top-seeded Peoria should pick the No. 8 team. He’s a fan of this format, especially since the league has been so competitive this season, with four play off teams over 2 points of one another. “I think that the format allows for the intrigue to continue after the games have been playedwith. While we know the playoff teamswe have no idea the matchups, and to have those shown in real life through a range procedure provides the arrangement a few added flair for fans and those that are involved,” he explained.
Could this work in another league?
“To be frank, I really don’t find that happening, particularly with the branch format. What can make the format work in the SPHL is the fact that it’s a 10-team league without the divisions, and all the teams are relatively close together. If you had been to accomplish this in the ECHL or even AHL, traveling costs would likely be prohibitive from it happening with any regularity,” said Harding.
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Needless to say, travel costs are not really an issue from the NHL. The failure or success of a”pick your opponent” format in the NHL comes down to a simple factor: hubris. Would a seed dare select someone they truly are not already slated to manage in the conventional mount, and face the possible embarrassment of losing for this decision? Could they dare provide a staff bulletin board material that the magnitude of a highway billboard by saying, through that selection, they have been the weakest team in the field?
Outside an undeniable reason to do so — such as, of course a late-season problems for a star player or goaltender that leaves a reduce seed susceptible — it’s hard to imagine a higher-seeded NHL playoff team handing that type of motivation into an opponent.
But hey, at the very least, a”choose your opponent” arrangement could do some thing that the current one fails to do, which is reward the best regular season teams for their efforts.
A little of an up and down week for your old Gritster. We start with the highlight, where fresh Philadelphia Phillies celebrity Bryce Harper — allegedly cos-playing Being an off Duty Chris Hemsworth — wore a T-shirt featuring Gritty and the Phanatic as Vincent and Jules by”Pulp Fiction.”
“There’s a passage I got memorized, seems appropriate for this situation: Ezekiel 25:17.
Now for your down. Once more, Gritty was the target of a heinous, unexpected attack… from the young child.
We’re going to want a full DNA analysis on this kid to show it is maybe not the spawn of a complex cloning project involving Ron Hextall.
There’s been an uptick in interest about the wellbeing of NHL players after their careers are finished. Much of it has been around their health — a positive development that brings the real toll of their game right into consideration. But there is even the dire but only as vital question of exactly what the next steps are in life after baseball.
“I wouldn’t say I seriously considered it pretty early on. However, when you reach on your Mid 20s, I started realizing it’s not going to survive forever.
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So after playing his last NHL game in 2016 at age 32, Paille decided to go for a business career. He also former NHLer Nick Tarnasky were the first two baseball players to get involved in the program, which had featured players more considering retirement. These were confronted with retail, sales, designand accounting and finance divisions.
(I told him if it led to some gig with Fanatics, his sole mission is to ensure that they never uttered that the Buffaslug sweater he wore in Buffalo as a novelty thing. Keep them buried in whatever smoldering landfill in which they live.)
Paille is part of this wave of players finding life out after baseball until they are completely from baseball. “It used to be when their livelihood stopped they did not know what to accomplish. Now there is advancement, going forward,” he explained.
Needless to say, in regards to getting your ducks online for post-playing lifetime, certainly one of the earliest players in the NHL could be your ultimate inspiration. “The classic case in point is Zdeno Chara,” explained Paille, that won a match with Chara in 2011. “Real estate, finance… He’s always learning new ideas “
I wrote more about lifetime after baseball and the work training choices offered for players continue might. Again, programs like these may not be important as getting these guys the very best health care possible after their NHL days are done, but I think it’s a vital way to ensure their transition off from the game is eloquent and that they truly are able to get a second phase in life.
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Cam Neely is now perhaps maybe not really a huge fan of this current playoff format:”Obviously the previous couple years you consider it and say it’s not fair when you’re the very best teams in the league and you fight hard to get home ice advantage and that is exactly what you take for and also you know, you then end up playing some hard teams until you even get out of your branch.”
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