NHL Realignment: NFL Style Conferences, an Outside the Box Possibility

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NHL Realignment: NFL Style Conferences, an Outside the Box Possibility

Welcome to the second part of my NHL Realignment series!

From last time, recall that.

NHL Realignment is on the horizon for the 2012-12 season. The Winnipeg Jets are most certainly leaving the Southeast Division and the dominoes will start to fall from there.

The Nashville PredatorsDetroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets 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 return to the old Campbell and Prince of Wales Conference that we had in place before. Each conference is then divided into East, West, and Central Divisions. A number of rivalries are kept intentionally, but not surprisingly, it is not perfect.

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