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Realignment: A Joint Effort

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

The biggest difference between the realignment proposal that failed last year and the new package being worked on this year is the co-operation of the NHL and the NHLPA. The players blocked the previous attempt because they weren't consulted, and the league realized if it truly wanted to go down this road, things would need to be done together.

Until the teams were notified last week of the proposed changes, there was a very small number of people on both sides who knew what was going on. In this silence, some of the clubs were concerned the "four conference" setup would fall apart, especially those who benefit by moving closer to opponents in similar time zones. 

(One note: the league apparently asked NHLPA leadership if it could show the Governors the new plan before it was given to the players. Permission was granted, since the union executive knew if the owners couldn't be convinced, it wouldn't get as far as the players, anyway. They will be briefed shortly.)

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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

This four conference idea is stupid and confusing to fans. The NFL and NBA have two conferences each with three or four divisions. MLB has two leagues (same thing as a conference) each with three divisions.

Two conferences each with 15 teams and two divisions of 7 and 8 teams. Eight teams from each conference get into the Playoffs. Division winners are automatically in and receive a 1 or 2 seed.

Play a “balanced” schedule of 52 games within each conference to negate the unbalanced divisions and to minimize the effects of a sub-par division. (4 games against 10 in conference teams; 3 games against the remaining 4 in conference teams) The “balanced” confernce schedule eliminates the need for any play-in BS. Play two games, home and home, against the other conference for the remaining 30 games.

Have Winnipeg and Detroit swap conferences, then line up the four divisions however one wants (since conference play is balanced it doesn’t really matter what division in which a team resides).

Bingo, bango it’s done and everyone except C-bus and us West Coast Wings fans are happy.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/25/13 at 02:16 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

Winnipeg to Northwest, Minnesota to Central, Nashville to Southeast and be done with it. Having any unbalanced division/conferences is dumb. MLB for years tried the 2 division format for each of it’s leagues and it was stupid, same with the NFL with a 4 team division and 2 other 5 team divisions. Having unbalanced divisions/conferences shouldn’t even be a possibility.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/25/13 at 03:14 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

I haven’t heard the clowns name that came up with this “four conference” idea. He’s not bragging about for good reason.

Can’t wait until I hear the names they come up for these conferences. 1,2,3, 4 probably will be it, lol or back to bettman’s generic regional nba names.

Has the travel really hurt the Red Wings in the last 20 years or so and if the Maple Leafs were moved to our current division would they go another 45 years SC drought = No.



Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/25/13 at 04:18 PM ET

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