We Will Have Realignment

image via Cassie McClellan

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2011) — The National Hockey League

Board of Governors tonight approved a four-Conference alignment format and

authorized Commissioner Gary Bettman to implement this proposal, pending

input from the National Hockey League Players’ Association. The format

would create two eight-team Conferences and two seven-team conferences.

Under the format, every team would play every other team outside its

conference twice — once home, once away.

In the seven-team Conferences, teams would play six times — three

home, three away. In the eight-team Conferences, teams would play either

five or six times in a season on a rotating basis; three teams would play

each other six times and four teams would play each other five times. This

process would reverse each season: An eight-team Conference member that

plays an opponent six times in one season would play it five times the

following season.

The top four teams in each Conference qualify for the Stanley Cup

Playoffs. The first-place team would play the fourth-place team; the

second-place team would play the third-place team. The four respective

Conference champions would meet in the third round of the Playoffs, with

the survivors playing for the Stanley Cup.

The Conference format:

CONF. A

Anaheim

Calgary

Colorado

Edmonton

Los Angeles

Phoenix

San Jose

Vancouver

CONF. B

Chicago

Columbus

Dallas

Detroit

Minnesota

Nashville

St. Louis

Winnipeg

CONF. C

Boston

Buffalo

Florida

Montreal

Ottawa

Tampa Bay

Toronto

CONF. D

Carolina

New Jersey

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Washington

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5 Responses to We Will Have Realignment

  1. dyhrdmet says:

    I don’t like it. Too unbalanced, and what’s up with the Florida teams in the Canadian division.

    I have a better idea – five 6-team divisions:
    Great Lakes: Columbus, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal
    Atlantic: Boston, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington
    Southeast: Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Dallas, St. Louis
    Midwest: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton
    Pacific: Vancouver, San Jose, Colorado, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose

    3 game home-and-home in the division, 1 game home-and-home outside the division, 1 additional game against 1 team from each other division (4 games).

    playoffs are 5 division winners and 16 teams overall in a Sweet 16 tourney leading up to the Stanley Cup Finals. All-Star Game is a player draft format like it was last year, unless there’s a theme (like North America vs The World).

  2. The four divisions/conferences will make it easier to get rid of teams that belong in other cities (Phoenix, Florida, Nashville, Columbus). In fact, we can get rid of the Florida problem by moving the Panthers to Seattle and the Coyotes to Quebec City. Seattle replaces Phoenix in the “Smythe” conference, Quebec replaces Florida in the “Adams” conference and Tampa Bay joins Carolina in the “Patrick” conference.

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