1) Play the first round as currently devised. Carolina Hurricanes Gear .2) Re-seed, according to regular-season points, the four first-round winners in each conference, and conduct the second round to create four Stanley Cup semi-finalists. Notice I didnt say four "conference winners". Thats because the conferences cease to exist at this stage.3) The third round will feature Stanley Cup semi-final matchups that are determined, once again, by re-seeding the four remaining teams according to their regular-season points. Obviously, then, teams from different conferences could be playing each other in round three, and just as obviously, two teams from the same conference could be the semi-final winners.4) Voila! A Stanley Cup final that could bring together any two of the 30 NHL teams.The Stanley Cup final should be the NHLs best attraction. It has the built-in difficulty of June dates that make it too easy for hockey fans of 28 other teams to ignore the two that are still playing, especially when those two are not rivals in any other sense. So forgive me when I say that Los Angeles/New Jersey (2012) and Anaheim/Ottawa (2007) and Carolina/Edmonton (2006) were not what wed call "marquee matchups". Under a system that could put any two teams in the Stanley Cup final, such matchups could occur again. But they wouldnt occur as often if their odds of meeting were reduced by 50 per cent, and the introduction of odds allowing for an all-East or all-West Stanley Cup final would inject the playoffs with a difference that could be felt where it matters most—in the last series.If you like the idea, PASS IT ON! Meanwhile, heres David Bowie with "CHANGES". Carolina Hurricanes Shirts . a€“ All signs point to the Maple Leafs having their top offseason acquisition in the lineup on opening night. Carolina Hurricanes Pro Shop . Anor had not scored since getting his first two goals of the season vs. Philadelphia on March 22 but struck with laser precision from distance in the 56th and 75th minutes. Montreal (3-10-5) lost its third straight and Impact coach Frank Klopas said it literally was a case of his players not stepping up.Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Thomas DeMarco will be out for the remainder of the season with an injury to his left ACL. The Redblacks back-up suffered the injury in Sundays game against the Calgary Stampeders after sustaining a hit from defensive lineman Junior Turner in the fourth quarter. He was carted off teh field andd did not return to the game. Hurricanes Jerseys China. DeMarco has completed 11 of 18 pass attempts for the Redblacks this season, his third in the CFL. His injury likely thrusts Danny OBrien into the back-up role in Ottawa behind starter Henry Burris. The 25-year-old played parts of 2012 and 2013 with the B.C. Lions. ' ' '
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