New. The 16/14 divide is a bit weird (CBJ could've stayed in the West, problem solved), but the new format eliminates a common complaint in division winners getting a top seed, and the opportunity for some new rivalries to blossom (WPG/MIN), and some old ones to be renewed (DET vs MTL/TOR).
I'm not opposed to the new system (I'd warm up to is faster if they brought back the cool old school names for the divisions) but the whole wild card system that they've set up makes plotting the playoffs a bit of a headache. I guess the division winner can be from a different division? OK...
I'll wait and see. It looks weird, and I'm sure the NHL plan is to even out the conferences via expansion, but as long as the playoff product is the same then it's not going to scare me away.
I like the new ones because it's going to be fun and exiting with some new teams in respective conferences. The bad part is this. Columbus is joining the Atlantic which is already tough (off year, but usually) and they're a grinding, hardworking team with really nice young pieces and 3 (!!!) 1st round picks in this years draft. They might cause a lot of problem for my fav team, the Rangers.
I also hate that it's so unbalanced, like wtf? that's so unprofessional. 2 more teams in Eastern than there is in the West, what the...? Easier to make the playoffs for Western teams and what not. Don't like the new system in that aspect.