The Tampa Bay Lightning has voted against the proposal of the playoffs to 24 teams since its players feel they will be disadvantaged in obtaining a pass in the qualification round.
At least that is what was reported by Alex Killorn, the team representative with the players Association the national hockey League (NHL) to the site The Athletic, on Saturday. According to him, the club will play against the Lightning during the round of 16 will be an advantage, since the Lightning will not have the opportunity to play a single game before being thrown into the arena.
“I presented the format to my team. They did not think it was fair that some teams who would most probably not participate in the playoffs have a chance to qualify for a series in the best-of-five matches. They also felt that it was unfair that teams with a pass are not as well prepared for a playoff series than the teams that had already played [at the tour qualifier].”
Despite this vote dissonant, the players of the Lightning will bend to the will of the overwhelming majority. In fact, the players from 29 of the 31 NHL teams are for this plan. In addition to the Lightning, the Hurricanes of Carolina were also refractory.
“This was not only my opinion, he added. As a representative of the team, it is my duty to be the voice of the entire team. I don’t want people to think that we don’t want to play. Everyone in our team wants to play. But there will be no way to satisfy everyone. While we agree with the vote and we are ready to move forward.”
The Lightning had won the Trophy of the presidents during the campaign in 2018-2019, before being swept in the first round by the Blue Jackets of Columbus.