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:
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.
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. :)