P.K. Subban is in favor of having every team compete in a league-wide postseason when the NHL returns from its hiatus.
"It was kind of floated around. I remember around the pause time when everything kind of shut down, I saw a few things on social media and I like that," the New Jersey Devils defenseman said while appearing on ESPN's "First Take" on Thursday.
"For my team specifically, we were pushing to make the playoffs down the stretch, so I would like to see our team have an opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup, but obviously as days go by ... if (the resumption of the season) did happen, I would love to see a 31-team playoff and give those pesky Devils an opportunity (to bring) the Stanley Cup back home to New Jersey, so I'd love to see that."
It remains to be seen how the league will conclude the campaign. Whether it resumes at all, how many teams would be involved in the playoffs, or whether the rest of the regular season would be scrapped are all questions that understandably remain unanswered.
Some stars, like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, have said they'd be open to going straight into the playoffs upon a resumption of the season. However, Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov believes his club deserves a chance to try to qualify for the postseason, as the team sat three points behind the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand when the league halted operations on March 12.
The 31-team playoff is one of many radical ideas being suggested during the pause. At least one team has reportedly submitted a proposal that included a tournament for lottery teams to compete for the first overall pick.
Subban's squad had the third-worst record (28-29-12) in the Eastern Conference when the NHL postponed the season.