Letang, Penguins vote ‘yes’ on 24-team format


  • The NHLPA’s executive board voted in favor of the NHL’s proposed 24-team playoff plan on Friday.
  • The Penguins’ NHLPA representative, Kris Letang, told Elliotte Friedman on Friday that he voted in favor of the proposed format.

“At the end of the day, nobody gets exactly what they want,” Letang told Friedman. “But, we all want what is best for hockey and to continue to grow the game.”

  • Letang also said that the safety of everyone involved remains the most important factor of any plan.
  • The proposed format would see the Penguins as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
  • They would play the Canadiens in the best-of-five play-in round.
  • Letang told Friedman that facing Carey Price and the Canadiens is “a great challenge for our team right off the bat.”

“At the end of the day, the playoffs are a different beast,” Letang said. “No matter (who) you play, it’s going to be hard. (If it wasn’t Montreal), it was going to be Washington, or Philadelphia, or a challenge like that. We have a lot of experience, I’ve never heard of an easy series. Look at Tampa from last year.

Sources & Credits: Elliotte Friedman, Twitter / dkpittsburghsports.com
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