Unfortunately, the league came up with some of the most boring names possible, three of which were used for many years under the previous conference setup.
The one new name, Metropolitan, is the one receiving the most criticism on Twitter.
Let's take a look at some of the best reactions to this crazy and unexpected division name from the Twittersphere.
One of the strangest things about the division names was that the league kept all of the old Atlantic Division teams together, but it didn't put them in the Atlantic Division. Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia shares his thoughts.
i dont think i am overstating this: (old) Atlantic Division fans HATE the new name of "Metropolitan" for this same group of teams et al— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) July 19, 2013
The Score, like most of Twitter, couldn't believe the NHL would actually name one of its divisions Metropolitan.
The new NHL divisions will be named Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan. Yes, seriously, Metropolitan.— theScore (@theScore) July 19, 2013
One of the teams joining the Metropolitan Division is the Columbus Blue Jackets, a franchise that spent the first 13 years of its existence in the Western Conference. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch shared this tweet.
Columbus has a healthy inferiority complex. When told it was joining "Metropolitan" division, it winked bashfully, said: "Why, thank you."— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 19, 2013
The Metropolitan Division is also home to several of the teams that produce incredible ratings for the NHL and its national television partner NBC Sports. Here's a tweet from Boston Bruins blog Days of Y'Orr.
The Metropolitan Division will soon be renamed the NBC Division.— PezDOY (@PezDOY) July 19, 2013
Ryan Lambert of Yahoo Sports! is not a fan of the new Metropolitan Division.
"metropolitan" is a division name i will not be using ever in my life— ryan lambert (@twolinepass) July 19, 2013
When most sports fans hear the word "Metropolitan," they probably think of the MLB team that just hosted the 2013 All-Star Game, the New York Mets. Ted Starkey of SB Nation offers a suggestion.
The Capitals will now play in the Metropolitan Division, meaning the winner keeps Mr. Met for a year.— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) July 19, 2013
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News is one of the funniest NHL journalists on Twitter.
New NHL CBA wrinkle: Once a year, all players on Metropolitan Division teams must wear a top hat & monocle like the Planters Peanuts mascot.— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) July 19, 2013
This Twitter user makes an interesting video game comparison.
Metropolitan Division sounds like an awful Sonic the Hedgehog level.— Dave D (@Hadly_) July 19, 2013
As Sportsnet Ticker points out, not all of the teams in the Metropolitan Division are from large cities.
Metropolitan Division? Columbus is the 32nd largest metropolitan area of the USA, Raleigh, NC is 47th.— Sportsnet Ticker (@SportsnetTicker) July 19, 2013
The Hockey News' Ken Campbell asks a question many NHL fans had on their minds Friday afternoon.
Can anyone tell me why the NHL named one of its divisions after former NHLer Glen Metropolit?— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) July 19, 2013
I have never been a fan of teams hanging division championship banners, but I cannot wait to see which team(s) decides to hang a Metropolitan banner in the next few years. Here's a tweet from Twitter user Matthew Michno.
can't picture a "Metropolitan Division Champion" banner hanging in the rafters. All of the names geographic and then one is just descriptive— Matthew Michno (@MMichno30) July 19, 2013
I think it's safe to say that Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wants the NHL to change the Metropolitan Division name.
What do you think of the Metropolitan name?
It's possible the NHL could change this division name at some point in the future, especially after the abundance of criticism it has received. But a change before the season seems unlikely.
Although, it's disappointing that the league came up with three geographic names and a weird one instead of choosing to call the divisions after former NHL legends. That would have been a far better decision.
What are your thoughts on the name Metropolitan? Please share your opinion in the comments section below.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft.