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01-24-2013, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Djp View Post
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
I like your way of thinking here. Pairs that shouldn't be separated, but then potentially mixing and matching those pairs with other pairs.

But as CHRDANHUTCH posted commented,... forget that "Brooklyn" angle. They're still the Islanders, the NY Islanders.

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