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Whither Realignment?

OK, I’ve GOT IT!!!…here’s my new realignment scheme. Key features:

  • Each Conference net-gains a team for a total of 32 teams.
  • New teams would be Quebec in the East and either Seattle or Salt Lake City for the West  (Ha! Foiled you again, Balsillie!).
  • NSH moves east to balance WPG going west.
  • Each Conference made up of four (4) divisions of four (4) teams each.
  • Each team plays the other 3 teams in their division 4 times.
  • Each team plays each of the teams in the other conference twice.
  • Each team plays each of the remaining teams in their own Conference three (3) times
  • …plus two extra games played against a randomly selected out-of-division (out-of-conference?) opponent…
  • …for a total of 82 regular season games.
  • Playoff seeds 1-4 in each Conference go to the holder of the best record in each division, with seeds 5-8 going to the teams with the 5ht through 8th most standings points.
  • Points also could be re-assessed, as follows:
    • REGULATION: Win = 3 Points; Loss = 0 Points
    • OVERTIME: Win = 2 Points; Loss = 1 Point; Tie = Both teams get 1 point.
    • Shootout is abolished and the OT period is 5-on-5 for 20 Minutes.


The Conferences and divisions would be aligned thus (The Division names are of course tentative):

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Gretzky Division

VAN
CGY
EDM
WPG

Niedermeyer Division

SEA/PHO
LAK
SJS
ANA

Sakic Division

COL
DAL
MIN
PHO/SLC

Howe Division

CHI
CBJ
DET
STL

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Richard Division

TOR
OTT
MTL
QUE

Orr Division

BOS
BUF
NYI
NYR

Clarke Division
(Seriously, I thought Langway Division was a bit pretentious, and no ^&% way was I going to name it the “Lemieux Division”!

WAS
NJD
PHI
PIT

Yzerman Division (sorry, I was kind of at a loss)

TBL
FLA
CAR
NSH

Please discuss

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