Yeah, no to expanding an already long tournament. You're going to be pushing towards July at that point. This is actually working for me as a compromise given the way the season ended, but I wouldn't want to see it in a normal year.
Though I understand your POV and thought process I have a hard time accepting the fact that ~75% of the teams make post season play.
I accept it this year because of the unusual circumstances.
The regular season becomes essentially irrelevant. Look at the Bruins in a normal season they earn the #1 seed. Now in the round robin they are one game away from being the #4 seed.
Again for this season I totally get it and it is different. However moving forward I just
No it's already the hardest trophy to win no since in adding more wear and tear from the current format.
They have needed some ramp up time in a normal situation where they have to play a whole 82 game season it would be too much.
But if was to be another shortened season where they all don't get to play the same amount of games then i would ok with this format again.
Otherwise keep it the way it has been since 79-80 then.
Anyways i have had to muc
The only problem with that is the wildcard teams would already be in playoff mode by playing that best of 5 series where as the division winner would be sitting around waiting to see who they'd end up playing. Stick with the 16 team playoffs.