Now for the kicker. Only 12 teams—the top four finishers in each division—would qualify for the playoffs; a Stanley Cup berth should be a reward, not the complimentary pass it is now. Two best-of-seven series would be played in each division to determine the three divisional champions. At this point I suggest that you invite the European club champion to join those three NHL divisional winners in a showdown for the Cup.
John, the puck is on your stick. This time, please don't miss the net.