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Sure, why not, it's only been a year (The W) since it was shot down by the NHLPA - if at first you don't succeed...

    Originally posted by TSN (tsn.ca)
    NHL REALIGNMENT INCLUDES FOUR DIVISIONS, WILD CARD TEAMS
    TSN.CA STAFF
    2/26/2013 2:25:47 PM


    The National Hockey League's new realignment plan, being worked on with the NHL Players' Association, includes four divisions in two conferences with wild-card spots for the playoffs.

    The plan was laid out in a league memo that was sent to all 30 teams on Tuesday and obtained by TSN.

    Instead of going to four conferences as was the original plan in December 2011, the new plan calls for two conferences containing two divisions each.

    Western ConferenceEastern Conference
    Pacific Div.Mid-West Div.Central Div.Atlantic Div.
    Anaheim ChicagoBoston Carolina
    Calgary Colorado Buffalo Columbus
    Edmonton Dallas Detroit New Jersey
    Los Angeles Minnesota Florida NY Islanders
    Phoenix Nashville Montreal NY Rangers
    San Jose St. Louis Ottawa Philadelphia
    Vancouver Winnipeg Tampa Bay Pittsburgh
     Toronto Washington

    The playoff format calls for the top three teams in each division to earn post-season berths. The remaining four spots would go to wild-card teams, the top two records remaining in each conference. That means there's a possibility five teams make it from one division and only three from another.

    It would be divisional playoffs, not conference playoffs, so 1 vs. 4, 2 vs 3 in the first round. The two fourth seeds would be made up of the wild-card teams. The top division winner based on regular-season points in the standings would face off against the lower-ranked wild-card team. The other division winner would play the higher-ranked wild-card.

    First-round winners then meet in second round in the division championship; Third round sees Pacific winner vs. Mid-West winner in Western Conference finals; Central winner versus Atlantic winner in Eastern Conference finals; Eastern and Western Conference champions meet in Stanley Cup finals.

    The regular season schedule would see teams play every team in the other conference home and away.

    This plan is tentative as it still requires approval from both the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players' Association.

    The NHL and the NHLPA have been working on this together for three weeks.
I kinda doubt the NHL will EVER get their dream Finals of Chicago/Detroit, so why put them in different conferences?

Anything else jump out at you?



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I think the NHLPA shot the realignment down last year as more of a show of force going into the lockout than anything else.

That said, I hate change, so I hate this. It also doesn't help to look at the Winnipeg Jets and see we'll be hosting a ton of games from St. Louis! Nashville! Dallas! and Colorado! with breaks inbetween to get destroyed by Chicago. Then again, I fully expect no other team to be thrilled that they have to try to hype tickets to "see Winnipeg come to town" either.

Playoffs seem more confusing to figure out (once you add wildcards in) than the current setup, which should give Sportscenter about 10 minutes of extra talking time per night heading into the playoffs just to explain the possibilities.
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I think in the interest of fairness they need to ditch the Eastern/Western conference format and go more like baseball and football and have teams in each conference spread out across the continent. It is an unfair advantage that the Eastern teams have much less travel costs/fatigue than the Western conference (1 time zone vs three time zones once Winnipeg is swapped into the west).

I would also be a fan of division names and conference names being brought back into the fold since that was something cool that hockey had when I was growing up (admittedly this is more for nostalgia, but I always thought it was cool).



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intradivision playoffs :(
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LIKES

• Divisional playoffs = rivalries = GOOD.

• Four divisions is better than six.

• I thought the rotating conference thing was stupid so I'm glad they've tabled it.

DISLIKES

• Playoff wild cards. With unbalanced schedules there would seem to be no reason for this. If an eight-team division gets three crap teams that is more likely going to create a 5th-place team having more points than a team from a more balanced-division. So you are going to reward that fifth-place team because of other teams' collective ineptitude?

• An Atlantic Division with no Canadian teams. I mean, it should at least be possible to have an all-Canada final four.



Personally, if they are hitting a reboot I still think they need to go three points for a regulation win.



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I just saw an article by a guy who figured out the best divisional alignment from the perspective of cutting down on travel distance.

Obviously there are more things to worry about than travel distance, but from the standpoint of contiguous regions it made sense at least.



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Too bad this is all going to get gummed up when the Coyotes move to Quebec City.

    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    • An Atlantic Division with no Canadian teams. I mean, it should at least be possible to have an all-Canada final four.

    Personally, if they are hitting a reboot I still think they need to go three points for a regulation win.


1. The Leafs, Senators and Canadiens would raise hell about being separated from each other and, to a lesser extent, from traditional rivals like Buffalo and Boston.

2. 100 percent agree on the three points for a win



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Florida and Tampa REALLY stick out like a sore thumb in the Central division. I'd swap Philly and Pittsburgh in there.
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Philly and Pitt politicked to stay with their NY-based rivals. The hook with the Floridas in the northeast is something about boosting their attendance from all the Toronto and Montreal fans traveling to see them, and probably also something about screw hockey franchises in Florida.
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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Philly and Pitt politicked to stay with their NY-based rivals. The hook with the Floridas in the northeast is something about boosting their attendance from all the Toronto and Montreal fans traveling to see them, and probably also something about screw hockey franchises in Florida.



Also, how great is the Not Adams division if Florida and Tampa move and become Quebec City and GTA #2.



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I hated having two of four playoff rounds be divisional matchups when the first version of this was announced; I still hate it in this version. It's going to rob the playoffs of a ton of their variety and charm, and I don't see why we can't do divisional matchups for just one round, or have rotational matchups in the third round for the "conference" championships in order to improve the variety. Lord knows that this realignment will have me watching less of the early rounds of the playoffs than I normally do.

The rest of it I can live with, but with Detroit going East the Original Six allure is all but marginalized, as Chicago will be the league's only shot at an Original Six Stanley Cup matchup every year going forward, and it's saddening.

And they better have a plan for easy shifting of teams around now when places like Quebec City get their teams, whether it's because of teams like Phoenix potentially relocating or the inevitable expansion to 32 teams that this realignment hints at with all the subtlety of a Triple H sledgehammer shot.



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I don't like conferences, personally. To be honest, I would ditch everything and merely have the top eight or sixteen teams regardless of where they play involved in one pool, 1 vs. 16, 2 vs 15, 3/14, etc. and then go from there.

As it stands, we will never get to see some dream matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton/Calgary, Toronto/Montreal (hold your jokes on how back either team is, I was speaking rhetorically), or LA vs. San Jose, or whatever else.

I may be getting old, but I really don't understand the new set up. It seems too complicated.

(edited by Oliver on 26.2.13 1938)

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    Originally posted by Oliver
    As it stands, we will never get to see some dream matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton/Calgary, Toronto/Montreal (hold your jokes on how back either team is, I was speaking rhetorically), or LA vs. San Jose, or whatever else.

    I may be getting old, but I really don't understand the new set up. It seems too complicated.

    (edited by Oliver on 26.2.13 1938)

Huh? Each of those matchups is possible, just not in the Finals. As divisional rivals, they could meet in any round prior to the Conference Finals (unless one advances by way of "cross over" wild card opportunities, in which case Conference Finals is also possible). I don't see the problem in that.
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by Oliver
      As it stands, we will never get to see some dream matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton/Calgary, Toronto/Montreal (hold your jokes on how back either team is, I was speaking rhetorically), or LA vs. San Jose, or whatever else.

      I may be getting old, but I really don't understand the new set up. It seems too complicated.

      (edited by Oliver on 26.2.13 1938)

    Huh? Each of those matchups is possible, just not in the Finals. As divisional rivals, they could meet in any round prior to the Conference Finals (unless one advances by way of "cross over" wild card opportunities, in which case Conference Finals is also possible). I don't see the problem in that.
I do. I want to see rivals fight for the Stanley Cup. I want to see the Islanders/Rangers. Leafs/Canadiens. Flames/Oilers. Flyers/Penguins. For the Stanley Cup. Not in the conference finals, for the Cup.

(edited by Oliver on 27.2.13 1958)


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    Originally posted by odessasteps
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Philly and Pitt politicked to stay with their NY-based rivals. The hook with the Floridas in the northeast is something about boosting their attendance from all the Toronto and Montreal fans traveling to see them, and probably also something about screw hockey franchises in Florida.



    Also, how great is the Not Adams division if Florida and Tampa move and become Quebec City and GTA #2.


If teams get put in Quebec City and Toronto/South Ontario it will most likely be from expansion. What the league probably should do but won't is think of contracting 2 teams to make it a 28 team league. Dallas was in bankruptcy recently and the league was running Phoenix for awhile. Contract 2 from the Dallas/Phoenix/Florida/Tampa group and move the other 2 to Toronto/Quebec. You could then have four 7-team conferences/division as this...

Boston,Montreal,Quebec,Ottawa,Toronto,Toronto #2,Buffalo

NYR,NYI,NJ,Philly,Pitt,Washington,Carolina

Detroit,Columbus,Nashville,Chicago,St Louis,Minny,Winnipeg

Vancouver,Calgary,Edmonton,San Jose,LA,Anaheim,Colorado






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I'm not as big a hockey fan as some of you, but this talk of Tampa being in trouble surprised me. I was at a gsme the other night against the Sabres and the places was:

Nice

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maybe it was an anomaly.



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    Originally posted by Oliver
      Originally posted by Sec19Row53
        Originally posted by Oliver
        As it stands, we will never get to see some dream matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton/Calgary, Toronto/Montreal (hold your jokes on how back either team is, I was speaking rhetorically), or LA vs. San Jose, or whatever else.

        I may be getting old, but I really don't understand the new set up. It seems too complicated.

        (edited by Oliver on 26.2.13 1938)

      Huh? Each of those matchups is possible, just not in the Finals. As divisional rivals, they could meet in any round prior to the Conference Finals (unless one advances by way of "cross over" wild card opportunities, in which case Conference Finals is also possible). I don't see the problem in that.
    I do. I want to see rivals fight for the Stanley Cup. I want to see the Islanders/Rangers. Leafs/Canadiens. Flames/Oilers. Flyers/Penguins. For the Stanley Cup. Not in the conference finals, for the Cup.



But rivals can't play for the championship in any pro sport. Because they're rivals from proximity, and the championships are always one side's winner vs. the other.
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And even in the NFL and MLB, which both eschew straight geography due to their AFL/NFL and AL/NL roots, when you get geographic "rivals" squaring off for a championship (like Yankees/Mets or Giants/JetHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA sorry let's say Steelers/Eagles) the whole "rivalry" aspect is fairly forced at most.



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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Originally posted by Oliver
        Originally posted by Sec19Row53
          Originally posted by Oliver
          As it stands, we will never get to see some dream matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton/Calgary, Toronto/Montreal (hold your jokes on how back either team is, I was speaking rhetorically), or LA vs. San Jose, or whatever else.

          I may be getting old, but I really don't understand the new set up. It seems too complicated.

          (edited by Oliver on 26.2.13 1938)

        Huh? Each of those matchups is possible, just not in the Finals. As divisional rivals, they could meet in any round prior to the Conference Finals (unless one advances by way of "cross over" wild card opportunities, in which case Conference Finals is also possible). I don't see the problem in that.
      I do. I want to see rivals fight for the Stanley Cup. I want to see the Islanders/Rangers. Leafs/Canadiens. Flames/Oilers. Flyers/Penguins. For the Stanley Cup. Not in the conference finals, for the Cup.



    But rivals can't play for the championship in any pro sport. Because they're rivals from proximity, and the championships are always one side's winner vs. the other.


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    Originally posted by Oliver
    I don't like conferences, personally. To be honest, I would ditch everything and merely have the top eight or sixteen teams regardless of where they play involved in one pool, 1 vs. 16, 2 vs 15, 3/14, etc. and then go from there.

    As it stands, we will never get to see some dream matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton/Calgary, Toronto/Montreal (hold your jokes on how back either team is, I was speaking rhetorically), or LA vs. San Jose, or whatever else.

    I may be getting old, but I really don't understand the new set up. It seems too complicated.

    (edited by Oliver on 26.2.13 1938)


I'm with you. They will never do away with conferences, but I would love a single table. They will never do away with divisions, so a bunch of conference-less divisions (or division-less conferences) is a happy medium. Five six-team divisions and the best eight get in (division winners + three wildcard)
5 division foes x 6 games = 30
24 other teams x 2 games = 48
Total games played: 78

My five divisions if I had any say:

Hull Division (It was a toss up between him or Gretzky for naming the 5th division)
Colorado
Dallas
Florida
Nashville
Phoenix
Tampa Bay

Adams Division
Boston
Buffalo
Carolina
Columbus
Montreal
Ottawa

Patrick Division
New Jersey
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Washington

Norris Division
Chicago
Detroit
Minnesota
St. Louis
Toronto
Winnipeg

Smythe Division
Anaheim
Calgary
Edmonton
Los Angeles
San Jose
Vancouver



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