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NHL Realignment: Old Blog



blog-0680534001329072791.jpgHey guys, just going through my old blog page and found one that received both positive and negative criticism. Just gonna copy and paste it and see what you guys think.

Ryan White Signs 1 year deal with Montreal

First of all, congratulations to Ryan White for signing a one year deal with the Habs. Good signing for the Habs. White plays with a lot of poise and is one of maybe 2 players who will drop the gloves at any moment so they need a guy like him to play physical for them. He has a year to prove he belongs because there are plenty of guys who could fill that role. For those of you who are unaware of Ryan White, he is the kind of player we lost in Maxim Lapierre, whose physical and scoring presence was missed deeply in this years play offs. Ren Lavoie of RDS reports it's a one-way deal worth $625,000 for the season.

NHL Re-Alignment

According to Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold, the NHL will re align its divisions for the 2012-2013 season. Leipold was quoted as saying the Winnipeg Jets will join his Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, St.Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and possibly the Columbus Blue Jackets in the new Central Division. He made no mention of the 2010-2011 Central Division champion Detroit Red Wings, which is the team most likely to move the Eastern Conference to accommodate the Jets' move.

The NHL Board of Governors are scheduled to meet in December to resume talks of realignment. The Jets will play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference this season, joining the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

If you ask me, I think the NHL should look a bit different than this. After looking at the locations of all 30 NHL teams, I came up with my own opinion.

Western Conference


Vancouver Canucks

San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Kings

Phoenix Coyotes

Anaheim Ducks

North West

Calgary Flames

Edmonton Oilers

Winnipeg Jets

Colorado Avalanche

Minnesota Wild


Chicago Blackhawks

St.Louis Blues

Nashville Predators

Dallas Stars

Columbus Blue Jackets

Eastern Conference


Boston Bruins

New York Rangers

New York Islanders

Washington Capitals

New Jersey Devils

North East

Detroit Red Wings

Montreal Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres

Ottawa Senators

South East

Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers

Carolina Hurricanes

Tampa Bay Lightning

Florida Panthers

Okay, so, with the Pacific, it makes more sense geographically if the Canucks joined that division. It would give more variety of games too. Winnipeg moving to the North West means more match ups with the Flames and Oilers which is what everyone in Canada wants anyways. Dallas moving to the Central is quite self explanatory. It makes sense geographically. Now we head East. In the Atlantic, I definitely think the Bruins and Washington should move. If Boston moves to the Atlantic, it does unfortunately mean less Habs-Bruins regular season games. But it makes the four or five they would play even more special. In the North East, not only do the Red Wings move divisions, they will change conferences, which is inevitable and very un-heard of. Then, to the South East, the Pens-Flyers rivalry will be maintained while they move to what could be the weakest division in the league this upcoming year.

Okay so there it was. This was before the whole realignment plan was pitched so I had no idea that they were just gonna have 4 divisions or anything like that. Leave a comment on what you guys think!


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Although it seems pretty obvious to do this, I don't think Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver will be split up and Winnipeg gets completely shafted by being in that division. Also teams out west will throw an absolute fit if the league takes away their only original six franchise.

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I think of it location based. I understand trying to keep the Flyers/Pens together which makes sense. But the Caps should stay in the Southeast and the Flyers in the Atlantic just based on location. This is another problem from trying to create southern teams. There shouldn't be a teams in Florida and probably not even in Carolina.

The bottom 10 in attendance: Phoenix, Islanders, Stars, Ducks, Blue Jackets, Atlanta, Devils, Avs, Panthers, Wild, Panthers (Tampa is 13th)

6 southern teams out of 10. (Islanders, Devils and CBJ all have their own problems..)

In the end there should be 2 conferences of 14 with 2 divisions of 7 in each.

As been said before, contraction probably won't happen.

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i hate 3 divisions in one conference. every year some team in a crappy division gets home ice in the first round. just make it equal teams in the east and west, top eight get in, play 4 games each vs conference and 2 vs non-conference. i believe the math works out to 82 games.

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I heard Dreger on the radio last week and he figures Seattle is most likely next in line to get the Coyotes if they can get that arena deal done.

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