NHL Realignment: Is an Original Six Division Possible?

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NHL Realignment: Is an Original Six Division Possible?

Welcome to the sixth 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.

In this edition we will divide the NHL into four divisions based on history. Geography and recent rivalries will be ignored and we will go in the order of Expansion. This is done with the goal of creating an "Original Six" division, and trying to build off of traditional rivalries.

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