I know that the NHL vote has to be 20/30 teams approving, but are there any teams that have spoken up or can be speculated to not approving of the 4 division alignment?
Would assuming most of the Eastern teams.
Don't forget...this isn't JUST about the divisional alignment. I believe, along with the 4 'conference' alignment, along with that brings a home and home series against every single team in the league.
Eastern teams, obviously, want no part in adding even more travel.
Needs to be done though, without a question.
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This has turned into a bigger battle than Bettman could have imagined when he first presented the scenario to the board in June. Three months ago any chance of it happening was considered remote. Now, it’s alive but there are as many as nine proposals on the table.
That’s because several teams want to move. The Red Wings have wanted to get back to the East for 10 years, while Columbus, Minnesota and Dallas have all petitioned to play in the East. Dallas has been the most aggressive, but that may fall on deaf ears.
First I've heard of us actually wanting to go EAST. Thinking the writer just thinks that because Minnesota and Dallas both are complaining about getting out of our current divisions that we want to go East. Minnesota going East makes absolutely no sense. At least, if we complained about it, we would have Florida and Tampa Bay more South than we currently are.
I: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado, Phoenix
II: Winnipeg, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota
III: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay
IV: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, New York, New Jersey, Carolina, Washington
Teams will play every team outside of their own conference twice.
In the seven-team conferences, teams would play six times -- three home, three away. In the eight-team Conferences, teams would play either five or six times in a season on a rotating basis; three teams would play each other six times and four teams would play each other five times. This process would reverse each season: An eight-team Conference member that plays an opponent six times in one season would play it five times the following season.
The top four teams in each Conference qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first-place team would play the fourth-place team; the second-place team would play the third-place team. The four respective Conference champions would meet in the third round of the Playoffs, with the survivors playing for the Stanley Cup.