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11-12-2012, 11:23 PM
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I think with two relocations the NHL could improve and realign itself to become a much more logically built league combining traditional franchises with newer ones. I suggest Phoenix to Seattle (no brainer, even Shane Doan might like this move). Secondly Florida to Québec. My reaction to hockey in Miami is something along the lines of Dicky Dunn in Slapshot, or Roy L. Fuchs in Used Cars. Just doesn't jive. No matter the lease, Miami will always be a revenue draining market, as opposed to a revenue maker, especially ancillary revenue which is the basis for current revenue sharing.

If this happened you could maintain and reconfigure the current divisional setup to form an alignment like this:

WEST

Pacific

Vancouver
Seattle
San Jose
L.A.
Anaheim

Northwest

Colorado
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg
Minnesota

Central

Detroit
Chicago
St. Louis
Nashville
Dallas

EAST

Northeast

Toronto
Ottawa
Buffalo
Montréal
Québec

Atlantic

Boston
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
New Jersey
Philly

American

Pittsburgh
Columbus
Washington
Carolina
Tampa

I think each division then has its fair share of rivalries based on geography and tradition. The post 93 teams are balanced with more traditional markets. I suggest an 8-3-3 format instead of the current one to accentuate rivalries, and for the Western Conference to balance the burden of travel.
Expansion is nice if there is room for it, but I think with competing European and Russian leagues the NHL has to respect that it risks saturation of its talent.
Ahh, it's good, I wouldn't complain with that. But it could be better:

Quote:
PACIFIC
Vancouver
Seattle
San Jose
L.A.
Anaheim
That Division should be matched with something similar in the east, or else Vancouver's alignment sticks out like a sore thumb. For Example:
NORTHEAST
Montreal
Boston
NY Islanders
NY Rangers
New Jersey

(which also keeps Montreal and Boston together)

Having your other western Canadian-content Division
Quote:
NORTHWEST
Colorado
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg
Minnesota
Match this eastern one:
GREAT LAKES
Ottawa
Toronto
Buffalo
Detroit
Chicago

Now, no matter how much I think 2 Florida teams are at least 1 Florida team too many, there is no immediate sign that either team is going to disappear anytime soon:
Quote:
AMERICAN
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Washington
Carolina
Tampa
The problem still remains though as to which three other teams would combine with the two Florida teams to create a well-rounded hockey Division. Other than one idea of combining the Florida teams with the NYC area teams, another option could be this one:
ATLANTIC
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Washington
Tampa Bay
Florida

(also keeps the Pennsylvania teams together)

Now that changes up your
Quote:
CENTRAL
Detroit
Chicago
St. Louis
Nashville
Dallas
To make this
CENTRAL
Dallas
St Louis
Nashville
Columbus
Carolina

A Division which I think creates an interesting mix and potential for those teams.

Putting that all together:
WestEast
PACIFICNORTHEAST
VancouverMontreal
SeattleBoston
San JoseNY Islanders
Los AngelesNY Rangers
AnaheimNew Jersey
PortlandQuebec City
- -
GREAT LAKESNORTHWEST
OttawaEdmonton
TorontoCalgary
BuffaloWinnipeg
DetroitMinnesota
ChicagoColorado
Southern OntMilwaukee
- -
CENTRALATLANTIC
DallasFlorida
St LouisTampa Bay
NashvilleWashington
ColumbusPhiladelphia
CarolinaPittsburgh
Kansas CityAtlanta

Blue = Expansion 1, Red = Expansion 2, Purple = Expansion 3.
(Ultimately Atlanta could flip Divisions with Carolina.)

Also notice that there are 3 Orig-6 teams in both Conferences.


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