Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Sens In Conference C, Everyone Is Confused
In case you haven't heard yet, late last night the NHL came up with a complete new format seemingly overnight. Gone are the 4 divisions and 2 conferences and in are 4 new conferences. Two of the four new set ups will have 8 teams each, while the other two will only have 7 teams each. The Senators are in what's being called "conference C" at the moment, and are one of the 7 team conferences. Basically they took the current Northeast division and added the 2 Florida teams. No word on what the conferences will eventuall be named as of yet.
The way it works is the top 4 in each of the 4 conferences now make the playoffs, which will make up the 16 playoff teams. Then for the first 2 rounds of the postseason, the teams in your own conference play each other to determine a champion and then go on to play the other conference champions. Every team in the NHL will also play a home and home against each other every season now.
My first thoughts were this is way too radical of a change and honestly feels pretty gimmicky. Couldn't we have just moved Detroit into the east and Winnipeg to the west and just let things be? No reason to have changed the entire format of a league with such tradition. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Thoughts on the new changes that take place as of next season?