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02-27-2013, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by SportsRacer21 View Post
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.
No offense, but that makes no sense.

Originally Posted by pantherbot View Post
I like the teams in our division, but I hate the playoff format and the unbalanced odds of making the playoffs.

The NHL moved away from divisional playoffs because people got tired of seeing the same matches over and over again. Now the NHL wants to move back to divisional playoffs for...why exactly? Makes no sense.

I also dislike the fact that the Eastern conference will have 2 more teams than the Western conference. That makes a big difference to a team's playoff odds. I'm surprised that this isn't a bigger concern especially when considering the financial benefits from making the playoffs. If I were an Eastern conference team owner, no way I let this pass.
That's why they have wildcards though.

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