Daly on impact of realignment on expansion, negotiations w/NHLPA
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03-01-2013, 11:07 AM
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Columbus really needs to go to the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh is about 140 miles away. Pittsburgh plays nine games against the Western Conference in their arenas, meaning their lucky to play six games two or more hours away in a given season. Columbus (and Detroit) play 16 games two or more hours away. That will generally hurt ratings and attendance. Neither gets hurt badly when a team is doing well; both can be hurt when a team is doing poorly (Columbus) or uncertainty hangs over the franchise (Phoenix).
The attendance figures were posted at one point during one of these realignment threads that have popped up over the past 18 or so months. Carolina's best home attendance is when their opponents are from the Eastern Conference teams north of them and Detroit, and the more north the better. I recall that Buffalo, Boston and the Northeast Canadian teams were like five of their top six draws.
This is my scenario:
Pacific: ANA LA SJ PHX - CGY COL EDM VAN
Central: CHI DAL DET MIN NSH STL WPG
Matrix: two games against everyone, rest of games divisional -
Pacific: 2 games / 22 opponents - 44 games, 38 games in-division (3x6, 4x5) (if Coyotes go to Seattle, Colorado and Seattle swap places in the pod)
Central: 2 games / 23 opponents - 46 games, 26 games in-division (6x6)
Keeps Detroit in the West in the format they like
This is, if rumors are correct, the exact format that no Western team vetoed except Columbus isn't in the Central
Northeast: BOS BUF CAR CLB MTL OTT TOR
Atlantic: FLA NJD NYI NYR PHI PIT TB WAS
All scheduling: 2 games / 15 opponents - 30 games, 52 games in-conference. I don't care how it's done, just prefer that more divisional than non-divisional, just like this year.
The East gets their "cushy" travel schedule not leaving the ETZ but has to fly all over the eastern seaboard for their games, as they do now.
I don't care if the playoffs here qualify by division or by conference
Top NINE in each conference qualify.
The belief is that with many in-division games in the West, it should almost always be a five-four split across divisions for qualification. If six teams from a division qualify, there must be some really poor teams in your division...
Playoffs start, where the division that qualifies five teams plays a 4v5 single- elimination game, then the rest of the playoffs are DIVISIONAL. That solves the problems regarding time zones out west. It also solves the scenario regarding a fifth-place divisional team having a better record than the other division's fourth-place team. Win and you keep going. Just ask the eighth-seed LA Kings from 2012 or the seventh-seed Philadelphia Flyers from 2010 about having to play on the road.
Just win, baby!
This is about as good as it gets. Even a few potentially different wrinkles for the West and East, which always make sense to me, since they're two different worlds, and shouldn't be treated as carbon copies of each other.
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