Martinook told members of the media in a zoom call that, as a representative of the team’s players on the executive council of the NHL Players’ Association, he voted against the proposal.
The executive council voted Friday to authorize new negotiations with the NHL on the format proposed to 24 teams to award the Stanley Cup in 2020. Several details “remain to be negotiated” and an agreement on the format would be “still subject to agreement by the parties “on all matters relating to the resumption of play,” according to a statement released by NHLPA.
At least 18 affirmative votes were requested from representatives of the 31 teams.
Details of the 24-team proposal were distributed Thursday, including a round robin format for the top four teams from each conference, as well as eight match streaks to determine the 16 playoff contenders.
Martinook expressed concerns about the format last Wednesday.
“I feel like if you do the 24 team thing, it basically gives a team a chance that had no chance of doing it, which if you play 82, there might be 6, 8% chance that the team in 12th place (at the conference) will do so, “said Martinook to the Associated Press. “No one has ever seen this before, but at the end of the day, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are made up of 16 teams, seven games per series. “
The Hurricanes, who occupied first place in the Eastern Conference when the season ended March 12, will face the New York Rangers in a best-of-five series for the playoff spot under the proposal.