Realigned!!! [3/7 update: CHI - COL - DAL - MIN - NSH - STL - WPG; NHLPA approves]
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06-27-2011, 12:41 PM
dun worry he's cool
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: South of the Border
I've been lurking these boards for a while, and finally signed up to comment on this:
Similar to what Jarick's saying, I think the divisions should split up like this:
Pacific: VAN, CGY, EDM, SJS, LAK, ANA, PHX
Central: COL, WPG, MIN, CHI, STL, DAL, NSH
Northeast: MTL, OTT, TOR, BUF, NJD, BOS, NYR, NYI
Atlantic: DET, CBJ, PIT, PHI, CAR, WAS, FLA, TBL
The only teams in different time zones than the rest of their division are the half MST half PST in Pacific and Colorado in Central. Now you don't have the issue of Minnesota having extremely late games in Vancouver 3 times a year, or San Jose having extremely early games in Dallas 3 times a year.
It keeps most rivalries intact, and encourages new ones. Minnesota will have a chance to have regional rivalries with both Winnipeg and Chicago. Columbus will be able to develop their rivalry with Pittsburgh. The only team really cut off is Colorado.
Expansion into Kansas City or Seattle would work easily under this setup. Even QC getting a team could work out by moving Detroit back into the Central.
The season would have home and home with all teams outside the division (46 games for 7 team div and 44 games for 8 team div) with 3 home, 3 away for inside the division (36 games for 7 team div and 42 for 8 team div). The 8 team divisions would each have 4 rotating teams that they only play once to bring them back down to 82 games, or the 7 team divisions could have 4 more cross division games to bring them up to 86.
For playoffs, each division is guaranteed two teams with home ice, with the 8 highest ranking remaining teams across all four divisions getting away seeds. With the number of interdivision games, this will prevent a "weak" division from getting teams in that don't deserve it (I'm looking at you Eastern Conference). Every division still gets at least two teams in, guaranteeing there's something of interest for every division.
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