I understand they couldn't call us the Northeast because of those two Florida stragglers
Those two Florida teams shouldn't be in the same division as the Leafs, Detroit, Montreal, etc. in the first place. It makes more sense to have Columbus in the division. They wouldn't want to break up any of the New York area teams or Philly and the Pens, so either Washington or Carolina would have had to be added to our division to replace the second Florida team. Of those, Washington makes the most sense but this is Gary Bettman's NHL so why should anything make sense?