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NHL considers adding teams to playoff pool

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08:23 AM ET 01.03 | The more the merrier? While it hasn't been part of the discussions for a collective bargaining agreement, Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet reported late Tuesday the NHL and NHL Players' Association have had talks about allowing four more teams -- two each in the East and West -- into the post-season this spring. That would increase the playoff pool to 20 teams and would offer the opportunity to create more fan interest in the post-season this year. The idea of having 66% of the teams make the playoffs doesn't sit well with some, but it's the most exciting time of the year. "They have to look at ways to create more revenues because the damage from this lockout is going to be big," said a league executive.

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January 3, 2013  08:45 AM ET

no non nien nicht nyet
This is the stupidest idea since whatever Bettman said last

January 3, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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There should be less.

I agree Danny but this just Burkie's way of trying to fulfill a promise.

January 3, 2013  08:48 AM ET

same or less not more

January 3, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Perhaps all teams get in , and everyone gets a participation medal.

January 3, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Perhaps all teams get in , and everyone gets a participation medal.

They have those in real life? I thought that was just in the education system and childrens sports

January 3, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Perhaps all teams get in , and everyone gets a participation medal.

Now you're talking. Plus Hershey bars, hot cocoa and a nap between periods. Another way to reduce those game misconducts and general nastiness at recess.

January 3, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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They have those in real life? I thought that was just in the education system and childrens sports

not yet...but when that generation grows up they may....

January 3, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Another step toward making the regular season totally meaningless....

January 3, 2013  09:32 AM ET

I'm guessing the coaches will be asking the players' families to volunteer for "Team Mom" and orange slices?

Message to all sports: The fans don't want more teams to be rewarded with post-season trips. All you have to do is look at the attendance and TV ratings for the college bowl games an the MLB playoffs. I don't follow the NHL and NBA close enough to know for sure, but I would guess that it's the same for those. When you've got empty seats (lots of them) and near "test pattern" ratings, you've oversaturated your market. NOBODY wants to see a team that's under .500 make it into the post-season, only to get swept. It's pointless and it's insulting to your fans. All you end up doing is making your regular season meaningless.

January 3, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Another step toward making the regular season totally meaningless....

Like it isn't already?

I hate baseball but at east it makes its 162 games mean something.

January 3, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Sadly, this is where all sports is going simply because of the TV money the owners get for more playoff games. I don't like, I personally like as few playoff teams as possible to make the regular season more relevant, but its all about the almighty $$$$.

I have been saying for years, I can see the NHL and NBA eventually expand to 32 teams and have everyone get into the playoffs as they can have 5 rounds of equal teams. That way they can sell it to the casual fan that your team has a shot at winning all year, and anything can happen in the playoffs.

January 3, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Another step toward making the regular season totally meaningless....

if there were less games generally, it would be better

January 3, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Please, leave it at 16 teams.

January 3, 2013  10:09 AM ET

At this point do away with the regular season and just have playoffs.

January 3, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Perhaps all teams get in , and everyone gets a participation medal.

Have you gotten your participation medal for posting here, yet? ;)

January 3, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Like it isn't already?I hate baseball but at east it makes its 162 games mean something.

I was initially in favor of MLB adding the extra chance to get in. After this past season i do not see where it really added much drama.

January 3, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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At this point do away with the regular season and just have playoffs.

and just skip the playoff games , just have televised shoot outs ;-)

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January 3, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

*looks at Leafs' shootout record*Nope, still not enough.

LOL - sorry ;-( The Leafs are undefeated this season though Danny !

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