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2 hours ago, DevsMan84 said:

I think some of you are overreacting with the whole "Covid Cup" thing and just spitting out cliched slogans about the spirit or sanctity of the sport.  They were doing first round bye's up until the 70's I believe and even doing a best of 5 round into the 80's.  Do those teams cup wins get asterisk too?

Not for nothing, and I know it doesn't seem like it at times, but 1970 was 50 years ago.  So that's not really something most people even remember, let alone know of at all... 

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1 hour ago, DevsMan84 said:

lol I think you are going overboard here.  What the Astros did to win their World Series is something that tarnishes a sport.  Coming up with an idea to try to finish a season the most fair way possible to all teams in an unprecedented situation is not something I would consider as tarnishing a sport.

It's an idea but one that tarnishes the season and I would rather they do it in a different way so I guess we'll disagree.

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3 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Not for nothing, and I know it doesn't seem like it at times, but 1970 was 50 years ago.  So that's not really something most people even remember, let alone know of at all... 

I don't care if it is 10 or 50 years ago.  Hockey, and the NHL, change stuff all the time and getting upset about a solution to an unprecedented situation is asinine.  This is really "old man yelling at cloud" stuff.

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I'm sure I'm in the minority here but I don't think the Cup winner should be considered tainted or tarnished. The season itself is what, 85% or 86% complete by most teams? If a winner somehow comes from a team that traditionally wouldn't have made it, they'll have to win more than 16 playoff games to do so. The things I don't like about this proposed format is I feel like 24 teams is 3 or 4 too many and I especially think the seeding for who plays who out of the play-in round is weird (eg: #1 seed playing winner of #8 vs #9; in my opinion, should be the lowest advancing seed to face #1). 

According to Hockey Reference, these are the playoff odds (when season paused) of the 8 extra teams sneaking in:

CBJ: 33.6% 
FLA: 37.9%
NYR: 21.8%
MTL: 0.1% 

WPG: 57%
MIN: 48.9%
ARI: 13%
CHI: 2.5%

I think the bone to pick here is with the bottom two in each conference (NYR, MTL, ARI and CHI). MTL and CHI getting in looks especially dumb.

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Dont like the 24 team thing, but I'm happy if they do this...  I'll watch a tampa vs Washington series

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51 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

I don't think there's a big asterisk or anything and I really don't care but if I was a fan of a team that did win the cup like this I'd be so disappointed not to be there to see them win the cup nor have a gigantic parade and celebration afterwards. 

Obviously don't have to worry about that this year though for us lol

I mean sure, I would be upset about that. But I would be more upset if they didn’t win. 

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11 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I mean sure, I would be upset about that. But I would be more upset if they didn’t win. 

Good thing they did us the favor and made it something we don't have to worry about lol

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2 hours ago, DevsMan84 said:

I think you are falling victim to the whole sanctity of the sport nonsense.

Yeah because I actually give a sh!t about it. 

1 hour ago, Antiquated Colorado Rockie said:

It's an idea but one that tarnishes the season and I would rather they do it in a different way so I guess we'll disagree.

Exactly.

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23 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

Good thing they did us the favor and made it something we don't have to worry about lol

Fitz gets up at the meeting to argue a point, and they were like “Uhh, well this is awkward. Does anyone ELSE have an opinion?”

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If it wasn't for nyr fans, no one would've heard of the term half a cup. In truth, the presidents' trophy in 95 you could argue deserved an asterisk for a 48 vs 82 game reg. season.  But the SC was 4 rounds, 16 wins. 

As for this year, would be weird with no fans for the playoffs. Think you'd need canned crowd noise. Or we'd just hear the players and coaches. 

Of course, would still root my hardest against nyr, pitt, tb and tor.

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On 5/19/2020 at 2:55 PM, Jimmy Leeds said:

Funny seeing Doc with Mike Eruzione doing a Devs game in the early 80's

Doc had such a crappy early voice I don't know how he got to be the GOAT

Emrick and Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich, 1984-85 season. The hair! The ladies glasses!

 

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46 minutes ago, Jerrydevil said:

Emrick and Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich, 1984-85 season. The hair! The ladies glasses!

 

Emrick.JPG

Fricken church lady, lol

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10 hours ago, Jerrydevil said:

Emrick and Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich, 1984-85 season. The hair! The ladies glasses!

 

Emrick.JPG

Guess that picture was taken just after Doc left Devo:

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19 hours ago, DevsMan84 said:

I don't care if it is 10 or 50 years ago.  Hockey, and the NHL, change stuff all the time and getting upset about a solution to an unprecedented situation is asinine.  This is really "old man yelling at cloud" stuff.

I don't necessarily disagree, I'm happy to see hockey come back even if it's in some unorthodox fashion, but I also recognize that there are some people out there who hold dearly to them certain traditions, things that they've known and come to love, expect, and appreciate, over the last 20, 30, or even 40 some years (note, I'm not saying 50 is the magic number where things become irrelevant, but that's a significant amount of time, and I'm taking into account the the majority of these people being under 50 years of age)

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15 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

 

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I came here to report on this as well - I didn't see any articles, but a good friend of mine that works for the Blue Jackets said it's a done deal and will be announced officially sometime early next week. The Eastern Conference will either be in Columbus, Sunrise, or Toronto.  Columbus is playing Toronto, and the Lightning get a bye.  Not sure how the rest is worked out but if I hear more I'll let everyone know.

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2 hours ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I came here to report on this as well - I didn't see any articles, but a good friend of mine that works for the Blue Jackets said it's a done deal and will be announced officially sometime early next week. The Eastern Conference will either be in Columbus, Sunrise, or Toronto.  Columbus is playing Toronto, and the Lightning get a bye.  Not sure how the rest is worked out but if I hear more I'll let everyone know.

there's a lot of details out already

https://www.si.com/nhl/2020/05/23/nhl-expected-approve-24-team-playoff-format-proposal

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2 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

My friend’s cousin’s roommate is the Coyote’s equipment manager, so I can verify this. 

 

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So now. living in habs land. All im hearing from the media and fans is that the league is against them and trying to change the rules because of Price... claiming that teams are scared to play against him in the playoffs... 

Now that the Pens apparently voted no to the playoffs format out of fear of playing against Price etc etc

I fvcking hate that fanbase and their media so so bad.

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Well apparently only the canes and TBL voted no?

 

 

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Honestly, if you were in playoff position before, you should’ve voted no to this plan.  Why would you vote for a plan that increases the number of teams In the playoffs? Would you rather have a field of 16 to compete against or 24?

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1 hour ago, mfitz804 said:

Honestly, if you were in playoff position before, you should’ve voted no to this plan.  Why would you vote for a plan that increases the number of teams In the playoffs? Would you rather have a field of 16 to compete against or 24?

If you're in playoff position, you're still only competing against 15 other teams. The other teams have to play in.

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48 minutes ago, Crisis said:

If you're in playoff position, you're still only competing against 15 other teams. The other teams have to play in.

I’m not sure I understand the format, then.

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