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NHL Re-Names Divisions, Jagr Goes Metro

Well look it there!  Jaromir Jagr is about to sign another one-year deal - this time sticking with the Eastern Conference; which for all sense and purposes fits him better than the Western did.

At 41 years of age Jaromir Jagr will reportedly sign a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils Tuesday; and has moved one step closer to playing in every team within the newly developed Metropolitan Division.

Metropolitan Division:

Carolina Hurricanes

Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils X

New York Islanders

New York Rangers X

Philadelphia Flyers X

Pittsburgh Penguins X

Washington Capitals X


Give it a few seasons and maybe the NHL will go for a more Big Ten naming scheme and go Legends and Leaders on us all and the Metropolitan Division will become the Jagr Division?

If he ends up playing for the other three teams he would be a lock for that would he not?

What would the other divisions be?

Keeping it in the East for now the "other" Eastern Division home to the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning along with the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators may have enough Legends and Leaders to change titles every week of the season and still have some to spare.

Have to go with Mr. Hockey to be a deal breaker on this one (I mean his name is Mr. Hockey after all) - thus the Gordie Howe Division would be born.

Heading out West the new Central Division spans from the Great White North with Winnipeg Jets to the the Dallas Stars.  The St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche round out the division that has it's eldest statesman being that of the Chicago Blackhawks. 

The Bobby Hull Division.

Lastly the Far West.  The Pacific Division.

Those teams that see the East Coast puck drop times of 10 p.m.. or later.

The Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames.  Though none of these teams have an Original Six franchise they do have the two teams that made was is still the most well known trade in hockey.

Edmonton traded Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings and without any further argument wins the naming rights to the Wayne Gretzky Division.

No naming scheme is going to be perfect and none of the names will be cared for by the masses of fans; however, it would be nice to watch "Gretzky" battle it out with "Howe" for the Cup even just once. 

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SYF's avatar

I still laugh in my belly that the new division the Wings are in is called the “Atlantic Division” when the newly-named “Metropolitan Division” has MORE teams on the Eastern seaboard than the division the Wings are in.

Maybe the NHL front office ought to be renamed as the “Proskauer-Rose NHL Front Office.”

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/22/13 at 02:55 PM ET

Monica McAlister's avatar

When they created the current divisions it probably would have been a better idea to not go with geography oriented names.  Hard to do it and have it make sense when one division has another going right thru it.

Posted by Monica McAlister from Michigan on 07/22/13 at 03:00 PM ET


Anyone else picture Bettman wearing a top hat and monocle ala Mr. Peanut while deciding on the name Metropolitan?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 07/22/13 at 04:45 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Anyone else picture Bettman wearing a top hat and monocle ala Mr. Peanut while deciding on the name Metropolitan?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 07/22/13 at 04:45 PM ET

I highly doubt you’ll find anyone picturing Bettman…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 07/23/13 at 02:01 AM ET

tkfergy's avatar

Can’t we call it the Snow Bird division? Either you are where they come from or where they go to and nothing in between…

Posted by tkfergy on 07/23/13 at 04:25 AM ET

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