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Chris

Interesting hypothesis (not to mention way outside the box thinking), but I have to thank the lucky stars you're NOT sitting on the re-alignment committee (if such a thing exists).

I am sure St. Louis fans would feel the same way.

Tom L

I find that really odd. Are these divisions really that far out there?

The biggest difference I see is including Dallas and St. Louis what used to be the SouthEast.

The biggest loss to St. Louis is the Red Wings. Rivalries come from playing each other alot, regardless of the teams.

It's a new league and a new era. Time for some new rivalries, I think.

Ta,

frozenpondscum

I had a concept very similar to the original post. Mine has some of the exact same features:
- 8, 8, 7, 7
- One division includes all of the MT and PT zone teams
- 42 games in division for everybody

I would eliminate Conferences. Why penalize the Southeastern (Norris) teams with all that western travel year in and year out? Have a baseline of one game per non-division opponent each year (makes 22 or 23 games), and a second game with 17 or 18 non-division opponents on a rotating basis.
The playoffs' first two rounds are all within divisions. The #1 vs #4 matchups would be a 2-2-3 format (#1 seed gets 5 home games: why play 82 games to have the 1 and 4 seeds separated by only 1 home game in the first round). The 2 vs 3 matchups would be the familiar 2-2-1-1-1 format.

After two rounds of in-division play, the result would be a hockey "final four" with each division having a representative. The final four would be seeded on regular season points, not predetermined by a fixed bracket.

And I would change the division lineups slightly
EAST
Boston
Montreal
New Jersey
NYR
NYI
Ottawa
Philadelphia
Toronto

SOUTH
Atlanta
Carolina
Dallas
Florida
Nashville
Tampa Bay
Washington

NORTH
Buffalo
Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Minnesota
Pittsburgh
St Louis

WEST
same as your Smythe

The unhappy teams in this arrangement would be Buffalo and Washington, and maybe Pittsburgh a little, for loss of rivalries, but everyone else would probably be satisfied. You can't please everyone in any realignment, and if you get 27 happy teams, you've done pretty well.

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