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#1 JJC

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:18 AM

http://www.nhl.com/i...vid=DL|NHL|home

Notable changes:
  • The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets are moving to the Eastern Conference. The Winnipeg Jets are moving to the Western Conference
  • This Means Detroit and Chicago are no longer in the same division.
  • The top three teams in each division will make-up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference
  • Every team will play each other at least twice.
  • The Canucks will now play against LA and San Jose more that Colorado and Minnesota (IMO the California teams have a better rivalry with us)


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:22 AM

Good stuff. I personally like it as it will cut down on Vancouvers travel time.


Any speculation as to how they'll name the divisions?
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:24 AM

Good stuff. I personally like it as it will cut down on Vancouvers travel time.


Any speculation as to how they'll name the divisions?

"The divisions will be temporarily referred to as Division A, Division B, Division C and Division D. Permanent names will be assigned later."
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

A few thoughts:
1) The divisional 'crossover' rule for the wild card playoff seeding has a CFL feel to it which I like.
2) On the map, why are there two cube shaped sections of Division A and B which overlap? Why not just separate the divisions with a straight vertical line somewhere West of Colorado and East of Phoenix?
3) I think I'm going to get pretty sick of only being able to play CAL, EDM, PHX, SJ, LA, or ANA, for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
4) It cuts down on travel, but our division is so much stronger now.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:47 AM

Tampa and Florida in Division C is a little odd.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:01 AM

The Florida teams got the shaft on this one. They should be in D and have CBJ and WAS (or others) in C.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:13 AM

I would put NYI, NYR, and NJD in Division C and put Detroit, TB, & Florida in Division D. Having the 2 Florida teams in the North East makes no sense?!
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:30 AM

The Florida teams got screwed, now they have the same type of travel as we always have and will have :lol:

Could them being in that area be for relocation? Though I can't see Tampa being relocated since they actually have good attendance and bright young stars, I think Florida might be going to QC. That would make more sense for that division then.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

so they moved our rival chicago to division B

that's not much fun :sadno:
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:45 AM

so they moved our rival chicago to division B

that's not much fun :sadno:

it doesn't change anything, we were never in their division.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:47 AM

it doesn't change anything, we were never in their division.


true but do we get to play them as many games as we are now ? that's really what i meant to say
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:02 AM

I like this realignment.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

I hate this to death. so regardless of how many points you get, if you finish top 3 in the division your in the playoffs?
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

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what this tells me is that florida will move to Quebec city, and CBJ and TBL will switch divisions at that time. Then Seattle and, probably KC, will get expansion teams.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:14 AM

2) On the map, why are there two cube shaped sections of Division A and B which overlap? Why not just separate the divisions with a straight vertical line somewhere West of Colorado and East of Phoenix?


If you cross reference it with a map of the US the blue square is Colorado and the green square is New Mexico.

I hate this to death. so regardless of how many points you get, if you finish top 3 in the division your in the playoffs?


This realignment is the best thing to happen to this leauge in a long time. Change is good.

All they need now is Seattle and one more western team and move Florida to Quebec.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:50 AM

Yes i love it!

Now that the canucks will play everyone twice, i can see more from other teams.
Right now i only have time to follow one team (3 games a week is a lot for a husband/dad)
so this will be a great way for me to keep up to date with other teams...

When we play them, we will learn about them. current streaks, injuries, traditions... its going to be great!
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

I'm curious...
So the best team in the conference plays the wild card team with the fewest points.
The second best in the conference plays the wild card with more points.
Then it's second plays third in each division...
What if the first and second teams in division A are the teams with the most in the conference? And what if there are two wild cards from division B?
So who would third place in division A play?
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

I really like the re-alignment itself, the new divisions and the possibility of a Seattle team as mentioned above and the fact our division just got a whooole lot more exciting (obviously points will be harder to come by but maybe then we won't get into these kinds of complacency ruts), but I'm not a fan of the new playoffs structure... What are pros?
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:50 PM

*the pros (vs cons, I mean) - sorry on mobile so can't edit
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

Other than Florida and Tampa this makes sense. I like that the NHL did something that actually makes sense. Hurray!

Plus we still have Calgary and Edmonton to fill the bottom two spots of our divisions. Yay!
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:12 PM

*the pros (vs cons, I mean) - sorry on mobile so can't edit


Yes you can, just tap the post you want to edit and an edit button pops up at the bottom of the post, same goes for quoting others on mobile.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:52 PM

I mostly like it other than the Playoff format.

Less Minnesota and Colorado is nice.
More games against the Cali teams will be fun.
Seeing every team home and away is great.

Florida teams have bad travel but it's great for ticket sales. They have 4 Original Six teams in their division.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:53 PM

If you cross reference it with a map of the US the blue square is Colorado and the green square is New Mexico.



This realignment is the best thing to happen to this leauge in a long time. Change is good.

All they need now is Seattle and one more western team and move Florida to Quebec.


So hypothetically, if New Mexico ever got a team, it'd be in Division A?
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

Then Seattle and, probably KC, will get expansion teams.


Hey Av, if Seattle gets a team will your allegiance be split? :P

Also what's KC?

So hypothetically, if New Mexico ever got a team, it'd be in Division A?


I dunno, I guess so.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

I'm looking forward to it. We'll be in a tougher division and will have to actually work to make the playoffs.

Maybe we won't look so complacent now that winning the division isn't essentially a given anymore.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:04 PM

Hey Av, if Seattle gets a team will your allegiance be split? :P

Also what's KC?



I dunno, I guess so.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:01 PM

I don't get why the Florida teams are in Div C... Why not put Columbus and Pit in Div C and the Florida teams in Div D? Also, unless two more teams are added to the west, this is a huge joke...makes the NHL look like a junior league...

Also as an aside, they need to get rid of the extra garbage OT point and shootouts altogether. As someone pointed out the other day, that would be like deciding football ties with quarterbacks throwing footballs through tires.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:02 AM

I don't get why the Florida teams are in Div C... Why not put Columbus and Pit in Div C and the Florida teams in Div D? Also, unless two more teams are added to the west, this is a huge joke...makes the NHL look like a junior league...

Geographically this makes since; but do you honestly think splitting Pittsburgh up from NYx3 + Philly would ever happen?

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:56 PM

I really hope they back to the old division names or use more recent players. Gretzky, Hull, Orr, Lemieux (examples).

Geographical names are sooooooo bland and boring.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

I like the new divisions!!!!
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