HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 08:20 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
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the only way I can see this working is to expand to Seattle and Quebec.
2 16 team conferences, 4 8 team divisions.
Detroit moves East, Winnipeg moves west.
North East Div. - DET-PIT-BUF-QUE-OTT-TOR-BOS-MON
Atlantic Div. - NYR-NJD-NYI-PHI-CAR-WAS-TAM-FLA
Pacific Div - VAN-EDM-CAL-ANA-LAK-SJS-PHO-SEA
Heartland Div. - MIN-WIN-NAS-DAL-CHI-STL-CLB-COL
Natural rivalries remain intact. Travel for the western divisions, I believe, would be reduced.
And I have to add.
top 4 teams in each division make the PO's, 1 plays 4, 2 plays 3.
Bring back Division Banners, Conference Banners. Bring back having to win 2 rounds of playoffs to actually WIN your division.
Bring back coming first in your division only give you home ice in the first 2 rounds
You want legit rivalries back? Divisional Heavy scheduled and Div. Playoffs is how you do it.
Also, for All-Star weekend. Make it mean something. Skills competition on Friday night. then:
Each division gets an all star team. East plays East, West Plays West on Saturday, winners play each other on Sunday. Winning conference gets home ice in the finals.
Similar to what Baseball does with their all-star game, but this makes it more interesting.
I agree with everything you said until you brought up the all-star game. Dumbest thing MLB did was to link the all-star game to home-field in the WS.
However, I can't see them bouncing Columbus back to the West.
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