Valenti…you REALLY don’t think that the NHL is in trouble because the lower seeds upset the top seeds do you? That was merely sensationalism to get listeners to dial in right? Let me ask you this…WHO CARES if the NHL doesn’t get the big tv contract deals? I don’t!! In this era of salary cap, we don’t need the big tv contracts providing people keep buying tickets at the current prices. Piss on Nascar….NBA…..all inferior products to the NHL playoffs!
I agree, great show Bettman needs to go,
Need to reduce the goalies equipment otherwise add 6 inches to both the width and height of the goals.
Maybe go to the NFL playoff format, top 2 teams get byes and 3 plays 6 and 4-5 this keeps the top seeds and no 7 or 8 place teams make the playoffs then.
2nd round now would be same in WEST (1-SJ vs 5-DET & 2-CHI vs 3-VAC), but East would be 1-Washington vs 6-Boston and 2-New Jersey vs 4-Pittsburgh
with the top teams rested and starting 2nd round.
,Mike, You are right that NHL wanted CAPS & PENS in the eastern finals, but for an NHL FIRST, that an 8th seed beat a 1st seed after BEING DOWN 3-1 has never happened before,It is a huge that the CAPS only scored only 3GOALS in 3gms who is at FAULT with that, not MONTREALS.This shows, that a goaltender can carry a team for at least one round. Have a good weekend!!
Mike, if you only watch a sport because Ovechkin/Woods/Kobe are playing, you love them not the sport. Hockey has the best playoff, any team could win it. The NBA playoffs are a joke, until they get to the conf finals.