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01-24-2013, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Louis View Post
• In the four conference format, the proposed Smythe (Pacific) Conference isn't linked to the proposed Norris (Central) Conference. That alone will appease Detroit, Columbus, and the CTZ teams. QC can easily be added to the proposed Adams (Northeast) Conference without alienating and or paying off a ton of teams.
If they truly go ahead with a "4-Conference" format, then it really doesn't matter about East-West or anything like that, other than trying to eliminating 3-TZ Divisions (which can still be done in a 6-Division format) and trying to keep together those 'sacred groupings'.

Now what are those "sacred" groupings? You might sense my sarcasm, but sarcasm or not it's obviously a reality. We can pretty much break them down within the Divisions that currently exist...
1) The intact Atlantic Division
2) The intact Northeast Division
3) The Alberta-Vancouver connection
4) The California teams
5) The Florida teams
6) *Hypothetically, Chicago, St Louis, Nashville... Central Division/CTZ trio

Some might say that Washington should be added into the Atlantic Division group, but then if that was so sacred then Washington would never have been separated from that group.
Some might also say that Detroit-Chicago is sacred, but it seems fairly clear that Detroit would abandon that connection in a flash if it could get an Eastern slot.

So, that leaves Phoenix, Colorado, Dallas, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Detroit, Columbus, Carolina, and Washington to be slotted in somewhere.
It also means, in a 4-Division/Conference format, that some of the 6 sacred groups will be combined.

 
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
New Jersey
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Washington
Columbus
Detroit
/
Edmonton
Calgary
Vancouver
San Jose
Los Angeles
Anaheim
Phoenix
Colorado
/
Boston
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
Buffalo
Minnesota
Winnipeg
/
Chicago
St Louis
Nashville
Tampa Bay
Florida
Carolina
Dallas


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