NHL Realignment: 5 Divisions and 0 Conferences, an Outside-the-Box Possibility

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NHL Realignment: 5 Divisions and 0 Conferences, an Outside-the-Box Possibility

Welcome to the fourth installment of my NHL Realignment series.

From the first time, recall that NHL Realignment is on the horizon for the 2012-13 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, we're going to really stretch it this way: no East, no West, no Wales, no Campbell's. We won't have anymore conferences; we will only have divisions.

The NHL has 30 teams, which is a difficult number to divide evenly. The only numbers that divide 30 evenly are two, three, five, six, ten, and fifteen. Currently we have six divisions of five, last time I suggested three conferences of ten and this time we will look at the other option, five divisions of six teams each.

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