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10-16-2012, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsholygrail View Post
How would they do an expansion without dealing with a needed realignment?
The four conferences idea that the NHL floated a year or so back was the main reason why so many people, myself included, started thinking that the NHL was seriously contemplating an expansion, though. It was practically built with the idea of accommodating teams being added and/or Phoenix relocating. If QC and Markham both get teams, it might be a tad difficult to maneuver the two eastern conferences without breaking up rivalries, but their last proposal included fluctuating around putting the two Florida teams in with Canada, so they're clearly willing to be creative to protect major rivalries like Toronto/Montreal, Philly/Pittsburgh, Chicago/Detroit, etc.

I'm sure that they'd think of something, even if would be as drastic as splitting up Florida and Tampa Bay, something that both fanbases would decry but no one to north of Jacksonville would care at all about.

But if instead of QC and Markham it was QC and Seattle (and Houston if one of those other markets got a relocation), realignment would be relatively easy into the four conference set up, even if it was ultimately identical to the one that got proposed and shot down by the NHLPA.

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