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08:04 AM ET 01.08 | After the previous lockout, NHL fans would be coming back to a few new wrinkles to the game. [This is time around, as] the lockout continued, there was speculation that the playoffs could be expanded for the 2013 season. ... An expanded postseason would be a nice, bright shiny thing that can distract many fans from their lockout anger and/or cure their apathy. It would be parity on steroids, with every team in the hunt in a 48-game schedule. So will it happen for 2013? No, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who told Puck Daddy on Monday via email: "No expansion of the Playoffs being contemplated for this year (and I don't think any is being contemplated beyond this year either)."

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January 8, 2013  08:28 AM ET

As soon as we have a schedule, I'll repost what I had on the Leafs Elimination/Burke's firing pool. I haven't decided if we'll start from scratch or work off the old list and allow for changes. I do have an idea that would allow for people to pick more than one date. More later.

(Kinda ironic to post that here, don't you think?)

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January 8, 2013  08:43 AM ET

"No expansion of the Playoffs being contemplated for this year (and I don't think any is being contemplated beyond this year either)."



I sure hope not....they go too long as it is...

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January 8, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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"No expansion of the Playoffs being contemplated for this year (and I don't think any is being contemplated beyond this year either)." I sure hope not....they go too long as it is...

Exactly - no chance this happens

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January 8, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Should wait til season starts. Roster movements make it very hard to pick.

I agree. For example, will the beloved Leafs succumb to insanity and take Luongo? Would definitely change my guesstimate.

January 8, 2013  09:31 AM ET

on another note, I see this on the side bar here:
Kate Upton Takes Shot At New York Jets During BCS National Championship Game.

Okay...so let's look at a few few things here:
1) Not really sure when she became a sports expert. being famous for appearing in a "sports" magazine in a dental floss bikini may not actually qualify you as an expert on anything other that strategic hand placement. Even if she DID stay at a holiday inn express last night
2) Her relationship with sports is tenous at best. besides the magazine...sleeping with the best pitcher in the American League again, while certainly able to give insight, does not make you an expert
3) How bad can a franchise be is someone possessing the above "qualifications" disses you?

Thank you....

January 8, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I sure hope not....they go too long as it is...

Concur.

January 8, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Every chance this happens and probably does - see comment 4.

Concur.

January 8, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

on another note, I see this on the side bar here:Kate Upton Takes Shot At New York Jets During BCS National Championship Game.Okay...so let's look at a few few things here:1) Not really sure when she became a sports expert. being famous for appearing in a "sports" magazine in a dental floss bikini may not actually qualify you as an expert on anything other that strategic hand placement. Even if she DID stay at a holiday inn express last night2) Her relationship with sports is tenous at best. besides the magazine...sleeping with the best pitcher in the American League again, while certainly able to give insight, does not make you an expert3) How bad can a franchise be is someone possessing the above "qualifications" disses you?Thank you....

at least we aren't treated to the picture of the guy dressed as an idiot, with the caption 'did you see that?'...

January 8, 2013  09:50 AM ET

I hope not too. Even if the League expands to 32 teams in the next few years (God help us), the play-offs should stay at 16 teams. I think Danny's comment 4 pretty much overrides all else though.

January 8, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As soon as we have a schedule, I'll repost what I had on the Leafs Elimination/Burke's firing pool. I haven't decided if we'll start from scratch or work off the old list and allow for changes. I do have an idea that would allow for people to pick more than one date. More later.(Kinda ironic to post that here, don't you think?)

My pick, the Leafs miss the playoffs, again... and Burke gets appointed coach for life...

January 8, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

My pick, the Leafs miss the playoffs, again... and Burke gets appointed coach for life...

wooops, gm for life.

January 8, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As soon as we have a schedule, I'll repost what I had on the Leafs Elimination/Burke's firing pool. I haven't decided if we'll start from scratch or work off the old list and allow for changes. I do have an idea that would allow for people to pick more than one date. More later.(Kinda ironic to post that here, don't you think?)

While flipping through channels last night I accidentally ended up on the CBC. It was the pre-game show for the Leafs game on the 19th at 7 pm EST.

January 8, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

While flipping through channels last night I accidentally ended up on the CBC. It was the pre-game show for the Leafs game on the 19th at 7 pm EST.

while picking up take-out before the football I was treated to some tsn 'classic' hockey from the pre-lockout, I was struck by how sloppy and slow the game was...

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January 8, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Your Saturdays are back to normal :)

It will be nice to catch up on some sleep.

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January 8, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Gimmie a friggin break..the worst idea ever......a .500 team makes the play-off's already.

Comment 4 does hold a lot of weight though

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