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.
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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:
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)
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.
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