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02-25-2013, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
Since the NHL seems hellbent on going with this model (which I don't like, btw), here's how they should do it:

CONF A - Boston, Montreal, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Washington (Wash moves to Conf B if Quebec City joins league as expansion franchise)

CONF B - Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Florida, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay

CONF C - Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis

CONF D - Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver, Winnipeg (Phoenix moves to Conf C if Seattle joins league as expansion franchise, and assuming the Phoenix franchise itself doesn't end up in Seattle)

All the Canadian teams are divided between two of the conferences, and the Eastern time zones teams are divided, roughly speaking, by small markets and the big markets. And I know someone is reading this thinking, 'you can't separate the Rangers from the Islanders and Devils, they won't be rivals anymore.' Hogwash, they'll still be rivals, it really doesn't matter if they're aligned together, particularly consideirng they are too many damn franchises in just that small slither of the country. Hardly comparable to the Kings and Ducks, or Oilers and Flames. Again, let the smaller market Eastern teams have their own playground, and let the franchises in the Original Six and other big hockey markets have their battles. The NHL will be better off in every way for it.
they will still be rivals, but it wont be the same. In time, they will become like the Jets-Giants and Yankees-Mets. Sure there is a small rivalry with those, but it is not as big as the Giants-Eagles, Jets-Pats, Yanks-Sox and so forth. Jets-Giants is really only a rivalry now because of Rex Ryan and his mouth. Otherwise, the fan bases generally do not care about the other team. Mets-Yanks, is eh, nothing really.

However, I do like your concept of big market-small market. Only problem is that does change. Look at the Pens. Going into the 94-95 lockout they had the highest payroll and were considered one of the big teams. After Mario retired, they struggled big time and in just a few short years were on the verge of moving. Crosby came and now they are one of the big guys again. What happens when Crosby retires? Other problem is that could cause the small market divisions to get even less attention.

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