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02-27-2013, 01:30 AM
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What would you all think of being moved to a division in the West with Tampa? (Now this would be after expansion in Quebec City and Markham/2nd Toronto team)

Division 1: Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, LA, San Jose, Phoenix/Seattle, Vancouver
Division 2: Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg
Division 3: Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
Division 4: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Markham/Toronto 2

It has less snowbirds but travel-wise would probably be a little bit better and even though there is the time difference it would only be one hour since all those teams are in central time zone. Plus NHL gets to keep its old Adams and Patrick division rivalries intact.

For now just keep Columbus or Detroit in the Midwest division, with the promise that when expansion to Quebec City and Markham/Toronto 2 happens they will be moved to East to keep the conferences equal.

NHL could even get creative with its scheduling so all central time zone teams play Division 1 an extra time each year or just rotate between the other three divisions who has to play Division 1 an extra game each year.

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