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11-28-2012, 10:15 PM
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Scrap it all.

Make five six-team conferences.

Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver

Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Phoenix, St. Louis, Winnipeg

Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto

Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittburgh

Carolina, Columbus, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Washington

Either run the season with 4xdivision+2xnon-division (78 games), or 6xdivision+2xnon-division (88 games). Increase roster maximum to 26 for the latter option.

Playoffs are seeded 1-16, with division winners receiving an automatic top-8 seed (but not guaranteed top 5). This allows for any potential series matchups to occur in any round, rather than the current situation which will never allow a Toronto/Montreal or Boston/Montreal finals, or any such rivalry series between close regional teams. Imagine the insanity in the Big Apple and the media if it were a New York (R) vs. New York (I) finals?

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