The NHL’s playoff format is the latest thing to be decided, with the league hoping to move past its first round exit.
The last time a team made the playoffs was in 1993.
A total of 23 teams will play in the first round of the playoffs.
The Stanley Cup is awarded to the team with the best record in the NHL.
“The next few months are going to be a long time in the making, but we have to do it,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.
Bettman has been adamant that the playoffs will not be played in a “sugar bowl” setting, a term used by the NHL to describe the area surrounding the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
He also said that the league will be keeping its games in venues that are closer to home.
With the league set to host two playoff games at the NHL arena in Sunrise, Fla., Bettman told reporters that the teams will be moving to the new facility and will not face the same challenges of hosting the first two playoff rounds.
The NHL is also expected to announce a new TV deal in early January, which could increase the value of its teams and could be worth as much as $100 million to the league.
It’s unclear how many games will be on the ice at the new arena.
The new arena will be named after the late Stanley Cup winner, Bobby Hull, Bettman was quoted as saying.
At the same time, Bettmen also said he was optimistic about the NHL’s future.
“I don’t see the end of the world where the NHL is just a one- or two-team league.
It’s going to change,” Bettman had said in November.
“It’s going get better.”
Bettmans statement was the most direct statement yet from the commissioner.
As the NHL has made the transition from the NHLPA, Bettmans predecessor, the NHL will continue to work with the union.
On Tuesday, Bettmann said he is hopeful that the union will work with Bettmans and the league to agree on the salary cap and new TV deals, and to make it possible for teams to compete in a smaller, more intimate arena, which Bettman has said will be called the Spectrum.
In his comments Wednesday, Betteman said the league’s players’ union has agreed to continue working with the NHL on the new TV agreement and that it was a positive sign that the two sides had reached a deal on the TV deal.
That deal is likely to be final by the end to the 2017-18 season, when the league expects to hold the final four regular season games in Sunrise.