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11-30-2012, 11:04 AM
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MessierII
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Originally Posted by KingsFan7824 View Post
East: NYR, NYI, NJ, Phi, Pit, Was, Car

North: Bos, Mtl, Ott, Tor, Buf, Min, Wpg

MidSouth?: Det, Clb, Chi, Nas, StL, TB, Fla, Dal

West: Van, Edm, Cal, SJ, LA, Ana, Col, Phx

It takes the 3 divisions that work well, the NE, Atlantic, and Central, and builds from there. It gets rid of the 2 divisions that span 3 time zones. It gets rid of a division that is sort of hidden away under the carpet. It puts Winnipeg with other Canadian teams, without spanning 3 time zones, or breaking up any other Canadian teams. No US team is in an otherwise all Canadian division. All the main division rivalries stay intact.

As for the uneven 8-8-7-7 split, just beat the teams you're in a playoff race with, and you don't have to worry about it. The playoffs would have to be top 4 in each conference, because nobody wants to be exclusively connected to the west coast teams, because of all the travel and late starts. Unless you did it on a rotating basis, where one year the East is connected to the West, then the next year the North, etc.
Interesting take. Nice to see someone think outside the box. I love the 4 conference idea and think every team should have a home and home. As far as the uneven split I wouldn't mind seeing a crossover rule similar to the CFL. It would be kind of cool knowing that technically any 2 teams could play in a final.

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