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01-27-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Shockmaster View Post
One really big hurdle is that in reality the NHL needs to cut the Atlantic division in half, but they won't. They don't want to separate Pittsburgh and Philly from the three NY teams. Really, a four conference/division setup should look like this:

Division A: Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Toronto

Division B: Carolina, Columbus, Florida, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington

Division C: Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg

Division D: Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver

Their would still be an eastern conference and western conference. The 1 and 2 seeds would be the division winners, seeds 3-8 would go by points. Personally I still prefer the current format with six divisions and a little bit of shuffling, but if they absolutely had to go to four divisions, I think this one makes the most sense.
And, what do you do if Phoenix moves to Quebec? Now, someone has to move to the Division C, to make 15 teams in each conference. And, Quebec should be in A, so 1 or 2 teams from A have to move out?

What would you do, Shockmaster?

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