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10-15-2012, 09:21 PM
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Assuming Markham and QBC:

Adams (Tor, Mtl, Ott, Qbc, Mrk, Bos or Buf, Fla, Tbay)
Patrick (NYR, NJ, NYI, Pit, Phi, Wash, Car, Buf or Bos)
Norris (Det, Chi, Min, Stl, Clb, Nas, Dal, Win)
Smythe (Van, Cal, edm, Lak, Sjs, Ana, Col, Phx)

Basically the divisions the NHL proposed, but Buffalo moves to the Atlantic-Patrick division. They lose the Toronto rivalry, but they gain the Rangers.

You could also switch Boston and Buffalo. I dont know much about Boston's ownership group, and if they would prefer to be aligned with the Atlantic teams or keep the Montreal rivalry? I would think the league, and NBC would accept a tradeoff of losing the Habs-Bruins rivalry in favour of having an increased possibility of Boston playing New York in the playoffs.

As I mentioned, I just dont see Canadian television (which will account for the majority of the NHL's national TV rights after the next round of contracts) would go back to a scenario where the Habs are isolated from the other Canadian teams, namely the Leafs. You just have to look at how CBC schedules those Leafs-Habs games to know its a big deal. Much bigger than Habs vs Bruins.

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