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01-24-2013, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by knorthern knight View Post
This unnecessarily mixes time-zones. I've seen complaints on the Winnipeg sub-forum about early road starts on TV. 2 Florida teams in Central would be even worse than the "December alignment". Move Minnesota+Winnipeg to Central. Also the 2 Florida teams to Northeast, along with Columbus, who needs all the help they can get.
It actually makes sense...

winnipeg does not want to be the lone Canadian team in a conference (Thus at minnemum add Toronto). It also should be with its local rival pair in Minnesota.

Florida and Tampa Bay can be part of a South conference with Dallas, Nashville, and other teams.

I believe Columbus should be paired with Pittsburgh in the same conferehnce to help generate rivalries.

In the 4 conference alignment separate the west from discusion for the moment. You have 8 teams out west. If Phoenix stays and Seattle gets a team then colorado is free to leave.


With the remaining teams it doesnt really matter how you split them up. the 4 conference teams leads nicely to a 32 team league.

Assume Houston and Seattle get expansion clubs and Phoenix moves to Quebec City....

You can create numerous city pairs thus a division consists of 2 pairings. If there is an issue with competitive balance you can flip team pairs.

Seattle-Vancouver
Calgary-Edmonton
LA-Anaheim
San Jose-Colorado

Dallas-Houston
Florida-Tampa Bay
Nashville-Carolina
Detroit-Columbus

Winnipeg-Minnesota
Chicago-St Louis
Washigton-Pittsburgh
Philadlphia-NJ

NY Rangers-Brooklyn
Boston-Montreal
Qubec-Ottawa
Buffalo-toronto

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