NHL Realignment: Conferences Divided North-South? Outside the Box Possibilities

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NHL Realignment: Conferences Divided North-South? Outside the Box Possibilities

NHL Realignment is on the horizon for the 2011-12 season. The Winnipeg Jets are most certainly leaving the Southeast Division and the dominoes will start to fall from there.

All of Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, and Columbus Bluejackets are aiming to move to the Eastern Conference to take the place of the former Atlanta Thrashers. But it doesn't take a Geographer to realize that the Detroit Red Wings simply do not belong in the Southeast Division.

After reading the excellent NHL Realignment Project on Tomfulery, I was inspired to come up with some different possibilities.

Any alignment needs the following four points to be considered:

  1. Travel Time 
  2. Schedule balance
  3. Games outside of a teams time zone 
  4. Games against traditional rivals

I will be posting a series of posts detailing slightly outside-the-box possibilities for NHL Realignment. In some way, these all stretch the paradigm in some way.

Today we will switch from the East-West Alignment of the past 18 years and instead we are going to have a Northern Conference and a Southern Conference. Each Conference will have two divisions of seven or eight teams.

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