By MICHAEL SCHEIDMANN The NHL’s commissioner has called for a new playoff format to replace the one used for the past two seasons, saying that he believes that the current playoff format is working.
“I don’t see an issue with a playoff format in the current format,” NHL Commissioner Brian Burke said Monday at a press conference.
“We’ve got some games that are good, we’ve got a bunch of games that aren’t.
“And so it’s a question of what we can do to get those games better, better than they were in the past. “
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing. “
We’ve got great games that come to mind that I think are a little bit better. “
It’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We’ve got great games that come to mind that I think are a little bit better.
But it’s not a game that we are going to be going into right away.”
The NHL is currently running its regular season in an 8-game format, and has used it to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three years.
The playoffs have been played in a two-round format for the last three seasons, with each team playing two games in a round robin.
The NHL and the NHL Players Association have come under fire for the format this year, with a number of players saying that they feel like it is unfair and not a fair way to play the game.
Burke said that there is “some really good hockey going on” in the regular season, and that he hopes the playoffs will be more competitive.
“The games that I talk about, there’s really a lot of good hockey that’s going on in the playoffs,” he said.
“Obviously, I think the best thing that we could do to bring some more quality hockey into the playoffs is get some games to be played that aren, you know, not so good in the first round. “
But you know what, I don’t think that’s a problem.” “
Obviously, I think the best thing that we could do to bring some more quality hockey into the playoffs is get some games to be played that aren, you know, not so good in the first round.
But you know what, I don’t think that’s a problem.”
Burke also spoke about the potential impact of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Russia, saying, “We could potentially be in a position to host a lot more games, if we had more of the games that we have now, because I think that is really going to bring in the game to a level that we haven’t seen before.”
Burke added that he wants to have a “very healthy and competitive NHL” that can continue to compete in the future, and he called the recent wave of players coming out of college, especially in Europe, “a really good thing.”
The commissioner’s comments come after several players spoke out against the league’s current playoff structure, saying it is a bad way to balance out a sport that has been losing players at an alarming rate.
“You’re always looking at some kind of change or an evolution in a sport,” NHLer Tyler Kennedy said during a conference call Monday.
“If you’ve got hockey, and you’ve had a long time, it’s been a very healthy sport, and it’s going to continue to be.
Because we’re seeing a lot now, it might be time for a little change.”