The league management, together with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, will consider abandoning the current format of the Gagarin Cup. Instead, it is planned to launch a “cross playoff” regardless of the geographical division of the league.
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The Russian Ice Hockey Federation (FHR) and the Continental Hockey League (KHL) have agreed on the structure of the 2022/23 season and have also agreed to work on changing the Gagarin Cup playoff scheme. This was reported by the FHR press service.
The federation said that the possibility of refusing to make the playoffs in the framework of the Western and Eastern conferences will be considered. “The cross-playoffs, regardless of the geographical division of the league, will become an important tool to increase the level of competition, intensity and qualification of the KHL championship in the eyes of fans and sponsors”, the FHR is convinced.
This step is fully consistent with the coaching council’s recommendations to increase the number of fundamental games, the federation said. “All ideas after being elaborated in the joint working group will be presented to the KHL Board of Directors,” the message says.
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Last week, KHL boss Alexei Morozov announced the FHR’s proposal to split the league into “strong” and “weak.” “It is proposed to divide the teams according to sports rating into two groups with different number of teams in “strong” and “weak” with the number of 70 games in the regular season,” he said.
According to RBC sources close to the FHR and the KHL, we are talking about dividing the number of participants in the upcoming season into 12 and 10 teams. “We believe that it is impossible to propose such reforms a few weeks before the start of the championship without a detailed study and without taking into account the opinions of all clubs,” Morozov said. – The distribution of the participants to the conferences before the start of the championship based on the sports results of the last season will only violate the sports principle. Not taking into account the geographical location of the clubs will increase the cost of air travel, since the number of them will increase.
The FHR said the media emphasized dividing the league into “strong” and “weak” teams. “This presentation is not true. The federation’s proposal is aimed at raising the level of the championship and strengthening the competition. At the same time, all teams have the opportunity to fight for the main prize – the Gagarin Cup, ”said the federation.
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