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Is Home Ice Advantage Enough Reward For The Presidents Award

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I have often thought that there was not enough reward for winning first place overall. You work your ass of and put together the best hockey team in the world (especially in the cap era) and for what? the 30th overall pick?

I understand the philosophy of giving the worst team the top pick and so on up to 30 but this doesnt seem totaly fair to the best team in the league.

I think a good scenario would be to let the bottom 5 teams do there picking and then give the first place team the sixth pick. What do you think?

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30th overall goes to Stanley cup victor.

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you don't get the 30th pick overall for winning the presidents trophy. you get a trophy and homeice in the playoffs and yes that is enough.

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The owner of the team who win the Presidents Cup thinks the profit from having home ice advantage in the playoffs is sufficient.

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The owner of the team who win the Presidents Cup thinks the profit from having home ice advantage in the playoffs is sufficient.

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Home ice is definetly enough. I wouldn't think it'd be fair if the Presidents Cup winner was rewarded with home ice and the first overall pick or any other lottery pick.

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^ Pretty much what it comes down to. But in a non business point of view, I've felt for some time that first in each conference should get bye's. Can't reward much more than home for first overall in the league.

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Interesting question. When I read this I thought of first-round byes with only 7 playoff teams (to allow for each conference to get 6 teams per conference playing in the first round, then 4 in the 2nd round, then 2 per conf. in the 3rd and then the final). However that may not always benefit the team given the bye (unless the team was battered and could really use the time to allow their stars to rest and heal). The ample amount of rest with rounds going anywhere from 4 to 7 games means that the 1st seed could be sitting for a long time and so they can get rusty and the players may lose some of their competitive edge since like Sid said "you can only simulate so much of real-game situations".

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home advantage through the playoffs is huge. plus you get to put a banner up and you get a trophy and you get mad props.

granting too much importance to 1st place would detract from the excitement of the playoffs IMHO. it's the playoffs that are intended to determine who the best hockey team is. it'd also be awkward to give a high pick to the team that finishes number 1 and then the second lowest pick to a team that may be tied in points or just have one fewer point. it's pretty clear the canucks were the best regular season team last year, but if you look at the year before, washington won. they were pretty much able to run the table in their crappy division and got a gazzillion points that way. i really don't think they were the best team that year (as was shown when they lost in the 1st round).

otherwise, having a bye is quite the double-edged sword, especially if the other teams get deep in their series and you wait around. it's very difficult to recreate game conditions in hockey practice. timing and physicality are likely to get thrown off by having a week or two off.

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