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02-24-2013, 01:51 AM
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The plan of these 4 conference IS to eventually go to 4 team division thus 2 divisions in each conference.

If PhX ends and Seattle , Toronto2, and Qubec City have teams then a divisional alignment Could be:

W1: Seattle Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton
W2: San jose, LA, anaheim, and Colorado

C1: Winnipeg, Minnesota, Chicago, St Louis
C2: Dallas, Nashville, Florida, Tampa bay

E1: Detroit, Toronto, Toronto2, Buffalo
E2: Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New Jersey

A1: Montreal, Quebec city, Boston, Ottawa
A2: Rangers, Islanders, Washington, Carolina

There could be shifts with teams in E1, E2, A1, and A2

In expansion to QC and Markam what will happen is Tampa Bay and Florida would be to a Southern division and there would be some realignment then but not that significant.

If the want to stick with 2 conferences then each conference has an east and west divsion so all teams need to travel the same amount.

What could happen under the proposed alignment is the 8 team conferences go to 2 division formats, the 7 team conference stay as 1 division.

The playoffs expand to 24 teams....

in the 8 team conferences: 2 division winners get byes and the next 4 (top 2 per division or top 4 overall) get playoff bids. they play a best of 5 and then the winners play the divison winners with a best of 5.

In the 7 team conference the top 2 get byes and then the 3rd-6th place teams earn spots.

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