Hindustan Smyl Posted November 16, 2019 Share Posted November 16, 2019 (edited) Conference and Divisional realignment that would bring equality to the NHL: The Canucks are at a disadvantage in terms of how much they have to travel relative to most other teams. This is one of the reasons why we often struggle with injuries. meanwhile, teams in the Metropolitan division (amongst other divisions) have the easiest (or easier) travel schedules in the NHL and tend to experience less wear and tear on their bodies as the season progresses. I think it would be more fair if all teams had to experience approximately the same travel schedule. I think one way to achieve this, is to align teams from Northernmost to Southernmost as opposed to Easternmost to Westernmost. 1) Patrick’s Division: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Boston. 2) Norris Division: Seattle, Las Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago, New York Rangers, Buffalo 3) Smythe Division: San Jose, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Columbus, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, New York Islanders. 4) Adams Division: Anaheim, Arizona, Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Nashville, Washington Please keep in mind that these are just off the top off my head. Ideally, you’d have a divisional realignment where the divisions would be classified in a horizontal geographical manner, where teams would be grouped together depending on how far north or south they were (again, my list was off the top of my head and so I have no idea if I made some geographical discrepancies). The NHL can then go old school and bring back the old divisional names (Smythe, Patrick’s, Adams, and Norris). That “Canada Division” with Boston added would be a huge draw for the sport. LA being in the same division with one of the New York teams (ideally the Rangers) would also be big from a marketing standpoint. Perhaps Colorado and Detroit can rekindle their role hatred from decades past? The bottom line here is that a divisional realignment such as this might bring more equality and fairness to the game in terms of the travel schedule. The newer match-ups and newer rivalries might also help take the sport to another level. Edited November 16, 2019 by Hindustan Smyl Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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