There we have it, folks. The speculating is done, we have ourselves a brand new NHL with this new alignment. There are definitely a lot of losers in this new system, but there are more teams that now have more opportunities to become better franchises.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs is seeing a new twist as well as we will go back to what was essentially the four-division alignment with the winners playing each other in the final four.
How it works: in each of the four conferences (which I have already named the West, Atlantic, East and Central) the top four teams each season will make the playoffs and will play amongst themselves until one team remains. The final four teams will match up, based on geographical location, with the West and Central winners playing and the East and Atlantic teams playing.
Here are some bold predictions for what the first playoffs may shape up to be, followed by a final rundown on where the teams will finish in the new season.