The second round is going to be a crapshoot. It's 2 out of 8 teams. Yeah, the potential matchups are limited but 2 out of 8 is pretty open. The attractiveness of this is hitting on money series in the first round.
I don't agree. You will have some repeat 2nd rounds, or teams that face each other twice in three years, etc.
With the wild cards, the thing is, if there's a crossover, there's going to be years when the concept is cheapened. Especially if they do WC 1 WC 2, instead of 4th place teams being seeded 4th in their division if a crossover is not necessary.
It would be monumentally dumb to do it this way, but we'll see how it shakes out.
I just feel like this is being done for the benefit of a couple of teams, and no more. And I hate that all of these "power" teams business wise got lumped with each other, with two patsies from Florida (who will not be able to compete with them, even with the "improved" road gate) thrown in even though the alignment makes travel concerns seem like a farce.
Those teams are still under a salary cap, which I think is the biggest thing that no one's taking into account. You've got a salary cap and 30 teams, so you're less likely to have dynasties and furthermore you're going to have more playoff turnover as parity increases. I'm too lazy to compare, but we had 10 years between lockouts and then 7 years this time around - I bet the playoff matchups during this lockout were more varied. Chicago and Vancouver played each other 3 times, and the Devils and the Rangers played 3 times. I guess Boston and Montreal did too, I think? Either way, that's not a lot. People love to cite things like Edmonton-Dallas, but that's just not likely in a capped 30 team league with loser points.
The conference moves will be because of a few teams, but I think divisional playoffs aren't. And the Southeast sucks, and part of why it sucks, aside from all the teams being bad all the time, is that there's no rivalry. And there's no rivalry because, IIRC, since they went to 6 divisions, 2 Southeast teams have met in the playoffs one time, in 2003.
Edited by Triumph, 27 February 2013 - 10:57 PM.