January 2, 2013
NHL looking at expanded playoffs in shortened season
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - The NHL could be throwing open the doors to the playoffs in a shortened season.
While it hasn't been part of the discussions for a collective bargaining agreement, Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet reported late Tuesday the NHL and NHL Players' Association have had talks about allowing four more teams -- two each in the East and West -- into the post-season this spring.
That would increase the playoff pool to 20 teams and would offer the opportunity to create more fan interest in the post-season this year. The idea of having 66% of the teams make the playoffs doesn't sit well with some, but it's the most exciting time of the year.