Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/13/11 at 10:37 AM ET
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Canadian Conference: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver.
Eastern Conference: Boston, Rangers, Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Carolina.
Midwest Conference: Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Colorado, Minnesota, Buffalo, Nashville.
Sunshine Conference: Tampa Bay, Florida, Dallas, Anaheim, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose.
(If you like, you could create a Western Conference instead of a Sunshine Conference by flipping Colorado and Minnesota for Tampa Bay and Florida.)
Advantages: Canada produces a champion and a Canadian team is guaranteed to get at least as far as the semifinals ... NHL gets to create trophies for two more conferences, adding them to the Clarence Campbell and Prince of Wales.
Disadvantage: Some teams in the Canadian and Sunshine conferences won’t like the east-west travel ... Some conferences have seven teams, some have eight, meaning it’s easier for some teams to make the playoffs.
more realignment options…
Update 4:32pm ET (alanah): This observation from David Mayberry at the Star-Tribune—
The Toronto Star’s article on shuffling conferences and divisions was solid - a good, easy-to-digest piece on a problem facing the league with the return of the Winnipeg Jets.
A graphic to accompany it was duck soup. Show fans, on a map, where teams would fall in the different options with logos, labels and borders.
The first version, shown with this blog post and posted online about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, showed the Colorado Avalanche in Wyoming and Denver somewhere near the Powder River. After some Twitter traffic (and perhaps a few calls from Colorado), the graphic was fixed by the folks in Toronto about 90 minutes later.
The Wyoming Avs? Maybe the Star knows something we don’t…
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