NHL Realignment: Conference Solutions and Possibilities Outside the Box

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NHL Realignment: Conference Solutions and Possibilities Outside the Box

Welcome to the third installment of my NHL Realignment series.

From the first 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 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 team's time zone 
  4. Games against traditional rivals

I will be posting slightly outside the box possibilities for NHL realignment. In some way, these all stretch the paradigm in some way.

As you can probably surmise from the title, I'll be going with three conferences this time.

Instead of the current two-conference or proposed four-conference idea, we are going to go with something that doesn't exist in North American Pro Sports—three Conferences, each consisting of ten teams.

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