NHL Commissioner Provides Update on Postseason Format

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is booed in every arena he enters but this news should get him on the good side of a few fans. Bettman has decided he's against expanding the Stanley Cup playoffs further and he's not interesting in making any changes at this time.

The league's commissioner spoke to TSN earlier this week and had this to say on the postseason picture across the NHL:

The reason this is as good as it is is because the regular season and the playoffs are meaningful. Having half of our teams eligible, I think, is the right balance. I think it creates great competition throughout the regular season, makes the games most meaningful. There's nothing like our playoff tournament. The Stanley Cup is the hardest to win, and there's nothing in any sport like our first round. Listen, I love the fact that people are so passionate about the game, there's always a debate about what we can change, OK?. But change for the sake of change, or change because somebody else is doing it differently - under the right circumstances (it) can make sense, but for us right now, we like where we are.

Besides the changes made during the bubble expanding to include 24 teams in the 2019-20 shortened season there really hasn't been many changes throughout the years. Half of the teams are making the postseason so we must say, Mr 'Batman' is right on this one....

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