It reportedly took less than an hour for the NHL Board of Governors to approve the radical new format for the League beginning next season: four conferences, an "interlocking" schedule that features home and away games against every team in the League; and a new divisional format for the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This might be due to the fact that one of the biggest questions has yet to be answered: What happens after the four conference champions are established?
Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Monday:
"That's something that we'll work out, and that's something I plan to do with the general managers at their meetings in the spring. We'll figure out what they want from a competitive standpoint. I think this is a decision I'll let the GMs make."
It would appear that they're faced with two options for the final four:
A. Maintaining a format in which the "Eastern" champion will play the "Western" cham...