Found January 02, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Nick Kypreos
Although it hasn't been brought up in negotiations both #NHL #NHLPA have had internal discussions on 4 more teams qualifying for playoffs — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 2, 2013 from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy, Would it be a single play-in game? Would it be a three-game series? Would you care? Probably. It’s playoff hockey, which means it’s going to be the NHL at its most intense and meaningful. The fans in the eight cities involved in a play-in round would care. Is it too much of a good thing? Television would care. Advertisers would care. more

Report: NHL, Union Having ‘Internal Discussions’ About Expanding Playoffs by Four Teams

If and when the NHL returns, it could come with a few more teams in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the league and the players are having internal discussions about expanding the playoffs and adding four additional teams to the postseason. He notes that the two sides have not brought up the issue in CBA negotiations, but the fact that both sides...

4 More Playoff Teams? Pray For Lockout

At the end of yesterday's NHL/PA negotiations, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada tweeted this out: Although it hasn't been brought up in negotiations both #NHL #NHLPA have had internal discussions on 4 more teams qualifying for playoffs — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 2, 2013 Is this legit? Imagine 10 teams making the playoffs. Honestly, 8 teams are...

Adding teams to the NHL playoff picture is a terrible idea…

On December 30, it was reported that the National Hockey League was toying with the idea of adding teams to the playoff format. There’s also talk of adding wild card teams for playoffs so more teams get a shot at the Cup. — Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) December 30, 2012 Then, three days later, former NHLer and current Rogers Sportsnet panelist Nick Kypreos tweeted the same thing...

Report: NHLPA Will Re-Vote on Giving Executive Board Authority to Disclaim Interest

Things appear to be going well in CBA negotiations between the owners and the locked-out players union, but the NHLPA is working to keep its options open in case things go south again. While the Jan. 2 deadline for the players to disclaim interest passed at midnight, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting that the union will vote again to grant its executive board authority to disclaim...

Mike Augello: The Top Twenty? Marlies Romp Bulldogs & Canada vs USA

As we monitor the ongoing negotiations in New York City, one of the more intriguing new wrinkles that may be a possibility whenever a new CBA is agreed upon is the expansion of the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos mentioned yesterday that discussions have taken place regarding the possibility of increasing the playoff pool from 16 to...

The Post-Meeting Talk

Minor strides gained is what I was told.Enough to bypass filing disclaimer. Still an option that obviously needs a re-vote by #NHLPA — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 3, 2013   Told mediator has actually been involved all week long - not just today — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 3, 2013 added 1:32am,   I'm told one item that...

Report- Disclaimer Talk

#NHL #CBA news.All #NHLPA members are being told to re vote as early as today to once again give Board authority to disclaim. — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 3, 2013   NHLPA executive board will begin the process to have players approval to disclaim if no agreement is concluded by today. — Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) January 3, 2013

Rumor: NHL, NHLPA in favor of four additional playoff teams

Here's another tasty rumor to dissect while the NHL and NHLPA inch closer to a new CBA. Previously we discussed the potential conference swap between Columbus and Winnipeg in the event of a shortened season.  Now a rumor has surfaced - multiple times - that both the NHL and NHLPA have discussed internally the idea of expanding the NHL postseason. Most recently Nick Kypreos...

HockeyBuzz Hotstove: The Hotstove: Expanded Playoffs?

Welcome to the Hotstove! As always, I'm your host, Travis Yost. As the NHL and NHLPA hammer away at the final details of a new collective bargaining agreement, one interesting rumor floated by both camps is the potential of adding four qualifying teams to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in an attempt to garner additional fan interest and revenues after another lengthy work stoppage...

CBA Meeting Has Completed

Numerous reports state the meeting is over, D. Fehr about to speak. added 1:05am,   Fehr says there's still a ways to go, but we moved together on some issues — Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) January 3, 2013   Fehr said both sides will re-assess before deciding on meetings for tomorrow — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 3, 2013   ...
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