While in Boca Raton, Fl for the annual general manager meetings, Islanders GM Garth Snow did introduce the idea of a play-in premise (teams 8 through 15) for the final playoff spot.

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Although this idea didn't gain much traction at the meetings, Snow thought this would bring an element of excitement to the game and would discourage down-and-out teams from simply unloading players at the trade deadline.

Snow said others felt that this would take too much meat out of the regular season.