It's simple math Nik. Making it to the conference finals or farther exponentially increases a teams chance of securing a cup than not making it past the 2nd round.

I freely admit that math was never my best subject but even I know that's not true(and also, that's not how exponents work).

Sorry for the confusion, Nik. Check out definition 1. I was using the word in the superlative sense.

ex·po·nen·tial·ly

ˌekspəˈnen(t)SHəlē/Submit

adverb

1.(with reference to an increase) more and more rapidly.

"our business has been growing exponentially"

2.MATHEMATICS

by means of or as expressed by a mathematical exponent.

"values distributed exponentially according to a given time constant"

I gave reasons for my opinion on why keeping JVR might be worth it even though he could walk next year for nothing. None of this is conclusive.

I'd keep JVR unless he's part of a deal to bring in a number 1 d-man, which would be unlikely.