Patrick Kane’s streak is over, but ours is just still going strong. It’s time for another installment of The Comeback’s weekly hockey mailbag!

1. What are your thoughts on the hideous Pacific Division? It might get two teams into the playoffs with 80 points while two teams in the Central miss with 90 points. Should the NHL change the playoff format?

– Todd

I remember when the NHL announced the league was bagging the six-division format and returning to the four-division setup you see today. It harkened back to my Patrick, Adams, Smythe and Norris days. I could not wait for it. As you may know, anything that existed when you were young is better than the new things of today.

But it turned out it wasn’t going to be like old times, because of the imbalance in the conferences. Suddenly, the NHL foisted wild cards upon us. I’ve never been subjected to it, but I imagine this is how people are tricked into going somewhere only to be locked in a room for hours while a guy tries to sell you a time-share condo in Ft. Lauderdale. “Yeah, yeah, the top four teams in each division make the playoffs, although, if you come with me, I can give you a great rate on one week at Wild Card Beach Towers in mid-February for a great price.”

Meanwhile, people are whining that the Oilers are getting too many No. 1 picks, not that they could theoretically be a sub-.500 playoff team. The NHL wants to be a big-time league like the NFL so maybe they’re excited about having their own version of 7-9 teams making the postseason.

Just go top eight. Fans don’t care about these divisions, especially when some matchups only happen four times a season to accommodate playing everyone in the other conference at least twice. Raise your hand if when you go to check the standings, you click right on the wild card standings and totally ignore the division standings. If you didn’t raise your hand, what are you doing?

2. Did you see the story about the contract demands of all the Jets free agents? Who would you re-sign and who would you let walk? Also: Would you trade them at the deadline if the Jets are out of it?

– Gary

The Jets probably will be one of the Central teams screwed out of a playoff spot by a crummy Pacific team, so GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have a tough decision if his team is selling at the deadline.

The easiest decisions are letting Dustin Byfuglien go and re-signing Jacob Trouba, no matter the team’s situation. Byfuglien is very good, but he’s a heavy-set man turning 31 in March. Someone will overpay him in July and it shouldn’t be the Jets. Trouba is 21 and an RFA, so the Jets will low-ball him a bit, as the CBA demands. He’s very good and you can’t let that type of asset go.

The issue is Andrew Ladd. He’s your 30-year-old captain who is good for 50-to-60 points per season. He reportedly wants six years and a shade less than $7 million per season, which is a boatload for a player of his age and caliber. Yeah, he’s your captain, but he’s captain of a ship that has never gotten more than 40 feet from the dock and when it did, it immediately sank.

I’d pay Ladd. See if he’ll take five years and $30 million. He’s worth it. Plus, the Jets pack their building now, but if you do too much selling in what could be another season devoid of playoffs, you run the risk of pissing off your fans. You don’t want to sign a guy just because of that, but Ladd is should be worth that deal over five years.

Once Ondrej Pavelec’s deal comes off the books after 2016-17, the Jets have a chance to be a regular playoff contender.