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Note to Preds fans: I don't necessarily want to see the Preds move to Hamilton because I think they have a very solid base of real fans who deserve a better fate, and because their rivalry with the Blues has been intense in the past few years.

However, if they do move, there will be an imbalance in the league and it will probably lead to the addition to 2 new teams in the west. In my uninformed opinion, Las Vegas- because no other league has had the guts to go there and Winnipeg- because they deserve to get a team back, would be the best places to expand.

Here is my realignment idea for the 32 team NHL:
Eastern Conf
NORTHEAST
Boston
Pittsburgh
Washington
Buffalo

ATLANTIC
NYR
NYI
New Jersey
Philadelphia

SOUTHEAST
Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay

CANADIAN EAST
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
Hamilton

Western Conf
CENTRAL
Chicago
St Louis
Detroit
Columbus

PACIFIC
Los Angeles
San Jose
Anaheim
Las Vegas

SOUTHWEST
Dallas
Phoenix
Colorado
Minnesota

CANADIAN- WEST
Vancouver
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg

The only team really out of place geographically is Minnesota, but the natural rivalry with the Stars would make it work.

edit: I failed to mention the best part of a 32 team league- the schedule.

Teams would play 6 games vs divisional rivals (6x3=18)
Teams would play 4 games vs conference rivals (4x12=48)
Teams would play 1 game vs ALL teams in other conference (1x16=16)
18+48+16=82

I would keep the PO structure the sam with the divisional winners getting the top 4 seeds and the best of the rest getting 5-8 in each conference.

Also, since Flyers fans seem very adament about staying with the Rangers and Devils, I have swapped them with the Sabres.
Filed Under:   NHL   Hamilton   Predators   realignment  
June 13, 2007 2:33 PM ET | Delete
Not to be rude but i must point out a couple flaws in your arguement. 1. Hamilton has a very solid fan base. They have a championship AHL team, and draw from all over southern Ontario all the way up to Toronto. Hockey fans in TO would certainly make the trek to Hamilton if they allready go to Buffalo.2. In the recent wake of the Rick Tocchet situation I really don't see the NHL in Vegas. It would be a PR nihtmare.
June 13, 2007 4:56 PM ET | Delete
minnesota would say no way b/c they would have an unfair travel disadvantage compared to the rest of the divisions..
June 13, 2007 7:32 PM ET | Delete
Get rid of Las Vegas, throw in Houston. Pacific would be LA, ANA, SJ, VANSouthwest would be DAL, HOU, PHO, COLNorthwest would be MIN, WIN, CAL, EDM
June 13, 2007 11:19 PM ET | Delete
You can't split the Atlantic like that. NYR and the Devils are huge rivals alone. Other than that good post.
June 13, 2007 11:36 PM ET | Delete
Winnipeg.What would the playoffs look like, top two in each division?
June 14, 2007 4:10 PM ET | Delete
the most major flaw is that this league does NOT need to expand. 30 teams is already too many.
June 15, 2007 11:14 AM ET | Delete
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