The Monday After – How to (slightly) prolong the play-offs
HOW TO EXTEND (slightly) the prolongations of play-offs
We are one month away from the end of the regular season and the series fever starts to rise slowly and soon everyone will talk about it – but I've found a way to extend it.
We all enjoy the excitement of the playoffs and the fact that our little country does it a little differently compared to most places in the world.
We would love all seven-game series that captivate us as an audience, but the logistics of some having the availability of their rinks and arenas and the resulting cost makes the task difficult.
But I found a way to keep things interesting and to go a little longer.
At the present time, a weekend is the last matches of the regular season, the following weekend in the quarterfinals and finals a week later. We then find ourselves in the dark abyss of the off season, apart from a national team action.
It may seem like suddenly in the way everything ends and just when we start enjoying the play-offs, it's all over and we're all wrapped up and coming home from Nottingham.
But I was looking for something else in ice hockey last week and in another league standings. I saw that some countries had a preliminary round of barrage. In this case, the top six teams qualify for the post-season, but the next four teams must all compete before reaching the play-offs.
That would mean that at least ten teams would participate with something to play in the next season. And the top six will have a weekend of preparation for their campaigns while the other four will meet to decide places for the last two quarter-finals.
So if you use that in the context of this season and the current situation, Belfast is in sixth place in Sheffield and getting ready for a week.
Fife, seventh, would play Dundee (10 e ), while Manchester and Coventry would face each other and the winner of these two players would join the other six to complete the last eight lines.
That gives us an extra week because we played these games the week after the end of the regular season. Although the addition of matches may seem unfair to teams from seventh to tenth place, this gives extra motivation to both outside teams. the first eight to sneak.
It's a fair argument to say that if a team is not good enough to be among the top eight at the end of the regular season, it should not be let in otherwise, but what would be the problem with doing it as interesting as possible? After all, if that's enough in some other European countries, why not here?
That would give a goal to more teams in the final weeks of the season and, as we all know, the playoffs are the minimum target for every player and coach at the start of the campaign.
So we have an extra week to enjoy the after-season. Some teams are allowed two extra games, others a week off before the last clash and the dramas of the fans.
What is the worst problem that can happen?
MURRAYFIELD RACERS REBORN AND TRIUMPHANT 
For any team, winning a league on the first try is a wonderful feat, so congratulate Murrayfield Racers for his SNL win on his first visit after returning last year.
I know this is not going to please some people, especially those in Edinburgh's capital cities, given the renaissance of the Racers at the expense of the Caps.
I admit it was something I was not comfortable with from the outside, but I find that many people have decided to support ice hockey in Edinburgh, whatever the logo on the front.
In the end, they have a winning team and the work that Tony Hand and everyone involved has done is a good thing because they are returning to the culture of British hockey.
They set a standard they probably did not expect and in the early stages, no matter what their future holds, it's a great goal to accomplish.
SIMMSEY AND HIS FRIENDS ARE PROUD
They said it was their biggest challenge and that they were not making fun of Dave Simms, Dean Woolley, Neil Edwards, Eliott Hall, Jamie Tunstall and Mark Thomas, went on a grueling 50-mile walk to benefit the charity Prevent Breast Cancer
But each of them, with their bodies and feet, can be so proud of what they have done again by walking from Sheffield to Altrincham.
At the time of writing this document, they were £ 500 from their target, so the count is slowly increasing. Hope they can get there very soon.
Congratulations to all and all concerned. Walking away from my own experience is a difficult thing to do, but the experience is rewarding and those who will feel again for the cause for which they do it. Great job, guys!