The 24-team format still needs to be tweaked

On Friday, the NHLPA Executive Board voted to move ahead with talks regarding a 24-team playoff in the NHL’s return-to-play efforts. While this vote means that the players have accepted to move forward with the proposed plan of having 24 teams returning to play, the specific format of how the playoffs will go down has not yet been set in stone.

The NHLPA issued this statement…
“The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format to determine the winner of the 2020 Stanley Cup. Several details remain to be negotiated and an agreement on the format would still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.​”
So, ultimately, the only thing that’s been accepted here is having 24 teams returning to play. The proposed playoff format that features eight teams (the top four in each conference) getting a bye while the remaining teams undergo play-in series to continue could still feasibly be tweaked.
A couple of key issues that need to be ironed out include…

The bracket-style format. In the format …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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