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02-10-2013, 11:17 AM
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The above condensed from post #416.

No one else has taken a shot at working with this, so I'll start by looking at those 12 teams which are most limited with respect to which teams they can logically geographically be aligned with:
Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Phoenix, Calgary, Edmonton, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay, and Winnipeg.

Anaheim and Los Angeles have these options:
San Jose
Vancouver
Phoenix
Colorado
Calgary, Edmonton
(The same group of 8 teams for San Jose and Vancouver)
(Phoenix has also the same 8 plus Dallas)

Edmonton and Calgary have these options:
Colorado
Phoenix
Vancouver
Winnipeg
Minnesota
San Jose
Los Angeles, Anaheim

Florida and Tampa Bay have these options:
Carolina
Washington
Philadelphia
New Jersey, NY Rangers, NY Islanders
Boston
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Nashville
Dallas
St Louis

Colorado has these options:
Phoenix
Calgary, Edmonton
Dallas
Minnesota
Winnipeg
Anaheim, Los Angeles
St Louis
San Jose
Chicago
Nashville
Vancouver

Dallas has these options:
St Louis
Nashville
Chicago
Minnesota
Winnipeg
Colorado
Phoenix
Tampa Bay, Florida
Carolina
Columbus
Detroit
Pittsburgh

Winnipeg has these options:
Minnesota
Chicago
St Louis
Nashville
Dallas
Calgary, Edmonton
Colorado
Detroit
Toronto
Columbus
Buffalo
Ottawa
Montreal
Pittsburgh


Okay, so two more lists, a bit less limited...

Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Buffalo all have the same options:
Detroit
Pittsburgh
Boston
NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey
Philadelphia
Washington
Columbus
Carolina
Nashville
Chicago
St Louis
Minnesota
Winnipeg

Boston has these options:
NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey
Philadelphia
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
Toronto
Pittsburgh
Washington
Detroit
Columbus
Carolina
Florida, Tampa Bay
Nashville
Chicago
St Louis


That's a start. I'll post that, and see if someone (or myself) take it from there. I think forming Divisions for those teams would pretty much decide the Divisions for the rest of the League.
So, to continue...
Without venturing directly into Eastern alignment, the formula used above really simplifies Western alignment, whether it be 6 Divisions or 4 Divisions.

For 6 Divisions, there's really only one option for the West:
PACIFIC
Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix
NORTHWEST
Edmonton, Calgary, Colorado, Winnipeg, Minnesota

The question then comes down to which team joins the East.

Truly, the relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg did more to simplify or better Western alignment, not make it worse. That in itself shouldn't be a reason to change from the 6-Division structure to a 4-Division one, not if Winnipeg actually helps to improve the 6-Division structure.
And as for Phoenix, if the Coyotes get relocated and that relocation is to Seattle or Portland, then again the 6-Division structure in the West is improved even further, because Vancouver would be made more content then in the Pacific Division.
It's only if Phoenix were to be relocated to Quebec City that Western alignment then still continues to be problematic.

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