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kevsim1, the playoffs would be pretty much the same as it is currently. The conference would be-ranked, division winner #1 getting the top seed and division winner #2 getting the second seed in the conference standings. (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5.) And to tigerslionspistonshabs, you're right, I think that makes sense that they are putting teams in the same time zone together. I just think that this might make more sense. I believe that the Canucks could have a better rivalry being in the same division with the Red Wings, or Blackhawks, than with the Kings and Sharks for example. Also, I would also be upset to see the rivalry between my hometown Flyers and the New York teams be separated, but I would still take that over what they have currently done with the realignment and that's moving Detroit away from Chicago.

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A 36-team NHL? Are you being serious. Honestly the NFL is about the only league that could pull off 36 teams. If the NBA went to 5 divisions of 6 and somehow found a way to make a 6-team European division work, then maybe. But definitely not the NHL. Not to mention, a team in Des Moines? Four teams in the Toronto-Buffalo area?

Yay Des Moines!!

Although I would call them Des Moines Raccoons, but that's just me.

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A 36-team NHL? Are you being serious. Honestly the NFL is about the only league that could pull off 36 teams. If the NBA went to 5 divisions of 6 and somehow found a way to make a 6-team European division work, then maybe. But definitely not the NHL. Not to mention, a team in Des Moines? Four teams in the Toronto-Buffalo area?

It's just for fun. Don't take it to seriously.

Yay Des Moines!!

Although I would call them Des Moines Raccoons, but that's just me.

Hey, what RoughRiders team is your username referring to?

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NHL if Sunbelt Expansion never happened!:

Pacific

  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Portland Jacks
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Seattle Metropolitans

Northwest

  • Calgary Flames
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Saskatoon Power
  • Vancouver Canucks

Central

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Winnipeg Jets

Canada

  • Hamilton Hammers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Quebec Nordiques

Northeast

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers

Atlantic

  • Cleveland Barons
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Bold means that team was actually relocated, but in this scenario, stayed

Italics means franchise that would expand in both scenarios

Underline means expansion that never happened in real life, but did in this scenario.

Portland Jacks? That's a terrible name.

And stop calling the Blue Jackets, the "Jacks".

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As I understand it, the Blackhawks are probably the team most upset by Detroit's departure to the East - leaving them the lone O6 team in the West. I attempted to rectify that for them, by eliminating conferences altogether, instead going with five divisions of six teams.

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How would the playoffs work in your realignment?

Playoff standings would be determined in a league-wide table from 1-30. Division winners would not be guaranteed spots, but ranked according to league standings as well. It's theoretically possible that an entire division could miss the playoffs. Heck, maybe 2 entire divisions...lol

UPDATE:

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This one I simply call "SCREW EVERYONE". It does allow the O6 teams to play a reasonable number of games against each other, but it also increases the travel burden for every team, thus making Detroit and Columbus' whining into a punishment for everyone.

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NHL if Sunbelt Expansion never happened!:

Pacific

  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Portland Jacks
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Seattle Metropolitans

Northwest

  • Calgary Flames
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Saskatoon Power
  • Vancouver Canucks

Central

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Winnipeg Jets

Canada

  • Hamilton Hammers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Quebec Nordiques

Northeast

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers

Atlantic

  • Cleveland Barons
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Bold means that team was actually relocated, but in this scenario, stayed

Italics means franchise that would expand in both scenarios

Underline means expansion that never happened in real life, but did in this scenario.

I think you are a genius.

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This realignment groups the Original 6 teams together, thereby keeping the Wings and Hawks together, but moving the Wings into an "eastern" division, of sorts. The benefits of this setup are the preservation of the Wings-Hawks rivalry, along with the relocation of a few teams to more appropriate divisions. Vancouver now gets to play 3 division mates in its own time zone, for one. Dallas and Winnipeg also get division mates in their own time zone - plus, Winnipeg and Minnesota are together, at last.

Also included in this setup are the "select" matchups, whereby heated rivalries of the past can still be preserved through extra matchups, like Canucks-Flames, Avs-Wings, Rangers-Devils, Leafs-Sabres, etc. The select matchups also creates at least one intriguing new rivalry, a matchup of the two largest media markets (Los Angeles and New York). In order to minimize travel, the "select" games could all be played back-to-back, resulting in 4-game road trips or home stands.

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I say in the NHL move Phoenix to Seattle, Florida to Quebec City, expand to Markham, expand either KC, Milwaukee or Portland. The move Detroit back west. Then just make 4 divisions of 8.

Pacific:

Vancouver

Edmonton

Calgary

Seattle

San Jose

LA

Anaheim

Colorado

Midwest:

Detroit

Nashville

Minnesota

St.Louis

Kansas City

Dallas

Chicago

Winnipeg

Central

Toronto

Montreal

Boston

Ottawa

Markham

Buffalo

Columbus

Quebec City

Atlantic

New York Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

New Jersey

Washington

Carolina

Tampa Bay

New York Islanders

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