HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 02:45 AM
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HNIC Saturday announcement was surprising by jamming all eastern teams together. What happens in 2016 when a potential $550-600M in expansion for Toronto and Quebec City comes forward. Do you put them in the central time zone. No Battle of Quebec? This is nuts. I thought they might put 1. Mtn and Pacific together; Edm Clg Vnc Sea(Phx) Col Sj La Ana, 2. Central consist of Wpg, Min, Chi, Det, Tor2, Clu, Stl Dal 3. North has Bos Que C Mtl Ott Tor Buf Nsh (cuts the distance to the south and provides a southern rival for) Car and 4 Atlantic has Ny Brk Nj Phl Pit Wsh Tb Flr This made more sense for the central would have 3 east vs 5 cent time cities better for Det. State of Flr is a better rival for big north-east US cities. The way they would have it would radically change in 3 years. How forward thinking is that unless they suspect not 1 but 3 franchise relocations
If they expanded 2 teams to canada....
What would likely happen is a slight realignment of teams:
1. south division is created where Dallas, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Florida make up a division. Tampa and Florida move opens up the 2 spots for Canadian teams.
2. Colorado goes West forming
SJ-VAN-CGY-EDM LA-ANA-PHX-COL or SEA-VAN-CGY-EDM LA-ANA-SJ-COL
3. The remainder of the Central...STL, MN, CHI and WPG make up a new division.
4, The remaining 16 teams would have competitive pairs:
2 pairs create one 4 team division.
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