The NHLPA Executive Board is voting on the latest playoff proposal from the league and we should hear results later today. As Wyshynski points out, even if it passes, there is still a “metric ton” of other details to negotiate.
What do you mean the bubble teams didn't make it in? Going from 16 to 24 means ALL the bubble teams made the playoffs. It's ridiculous. A decent chunk of those teams gave up on the season and dealt away vets at the deadline and since the NHL is sticking with the roster freeze, nobody can even replace those players. If this comes off then the Canadiens will make "the playoffs" with the 3rd fewest regulation time wins in the WHOLE LEAGUE. This is all borderline idiotic.I think 24 is OK since the bubble teams did not have a chance to make it in. It would not be OK if everyone played 82 games.
The Alaska schools announced that they were most likely going to stop doing that ... even before the pandemic screwed up everyone's budgets. The money they got from the State to fund that program had gone away. I remember the papers making a big deal out of it when I was up in Alaska last year. I mean, it never made a heck of a lot of sense.The Alaska schools had been subsidizing travel expenses for the rest of the league to make the long road trips. I find all the conference shenanigans distasteful myself (looking at you too, Big Ten) but in the end, sorry to say as a huge Tech fan, but that's just too big a conference footprint to sustain for schools with "mid-major"-level athletic departments at best, in a non-revenue sport.
Yup, which is clearly why they're going to be without a conference again. Wasn't ever an issue on the ice to bring the two into the conference, just ensuring the universities commitments to a D-I standard, and the bloody ridiculous travel for an otherwise bus league. Competing as independents they'll be playing 80% road games (other than playing each other 10 times I suppose) and paying travel expenses for some non-conference home games anyway, so we'll see if they can even continue. I do feel bad for the players and staff at all 3 programs including UAH.The Alaska schools announced that they were most likely going to stop doing that ... even before the pandemic screwed up everyone's budgets.