September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr (right) flanked by Vancouver Canucks player Manny Malhotra (to his left) and Winnipeg Jets player Ron Hainsey (to his right) during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Realignment Proposal

In my NHL Realignment Proposal Series, we explore another idea for realignment that absolutely must be done.  The current playoff scenarios would stay in place with any realignment proposal.  Here is my latest proposal:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific Division – Canucks, Sharks, Kings, Ducks, and Coyotes.

The Coyotes would be in this division as they are the next closest to the Pacific Ocean – Hence, the name Pacific Division.

Mountain Division - Oilers, Flames, Avalanche, Jets, and Wild.

The Mountain Division would be the new name for the current Northwest Division.

Central Division - Stars, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Blues, and Predators.

The Central Division would have a new team from the current Pacific Division called the Dallas Stars.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division - Bruins, Islanders, Rangers, Devils, Capitals.

The Capitals move from the Southeast to the Atlantic Division to  better align them with the market as they are closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

Southeast Division - Lightning, Panthers, Hurricanes, Penguins, and Flyers.

Penguins and Flyers?  Southeast Division?  Is he nuts?  Absolutely not!  Penguins and Flyers need to stay together… Period.

Northeast Division - Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Senators, Sabres, and Red Wings.

Yes!  The Red Wings deserve to be moved to the Eastern Conference, and form some new rivalries… and, rekindle some from years gone by.

This is my second idea for a realignment.  We shall see what other ideas some into my head next.  :)

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