HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 12:59 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
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No, a western market would be reserved for a Coyotes move.... that is what the league would be saying if they didn't make a contingency for QC.
If they bid expansion out, at least one of the teams is going to be a Canadian market in the Eastern Time zone. Probably both. Okay, so what now? We just kick Columbus back out to the Western Conference? Or hope they've relocated in the time between?
Detriot obviously isn't going to be kicked back anywhere, so I guess we'd have to have a Toronto team in the EC and a Toronto team in the WC.
It is not thought out well at all. Fairest system would be 8-7-8-7, the system last year was the most logical looking at where your new markets were going to be in the future.
Agreed. Maybe quick fix this time around is best until Phoenix and expansion issues are sorted.
Winnipeg to Central
Nashville to South East
Then come back when all other pieces fall into place.
Personally, if forced to have 4 conference set up now, I would have gone with
VAN CGY EDM SJ LA ANA COL PHX/SEA
WPG MIN CHI DET TOR OTW STL
MTL BOS NYI NYR NJ BUF CLM
DAL NAS TB FLO CAR WAS PIT PHI
Reason being: relativley spread out for travel, 2 time zones max, keeps slots open for GT2 and QUE expansion, regroups original six rivalries DET CHI TOR and MTL BOS NYR, keeps SE competitive with some major markets.
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