HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 10:43 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
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Great news! Best news, if it ultimately proves to be true, best news I've heard on this whole realignment issue since hearing that the PA rejected the previous proposal.
Now the issue is: How to fit in those 4 wildcard teams. If it's a 3/5 scenario, then there obviously has to be a crossover. And with 4 Conferences, not Divisions, just how to you manage a crossover scenario?
My best guess as to how this will be made to work to keep teams playing within their time zones (or at worst a maximum of 1 to the right or left) would be:
(1) Next best 4 teams are the "Wildcards"
(2) If your time zone is PTZ...you
play in PTZ or MTZ
If your time zone is MTZ...you
play in MTZ, PTZ or Central
If your time zone is Central...you
play in Central, MTZ or ETZ
If your time zone is ETZ...you
play in ETZ or Central
Why this may hypothetically work...
(a) the chances of 3 of 4 "wildcard teams" coming from the West and Central divisions is extremely remote
(b) the chances of 4 of 4 "wildcard teams" coming from the ETZ is extremely remote
(c) the chances of 3 of 4 "wildcard teams" coming from the ETZ is very possible...but this would mean only 1 (which one I don't know) has to go to play a Central time zone team
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