Now we all have seen the leagues new proposed alignment, with Detroit moving to the eastern conference and Columbus moving to the Atlantic. the conferences are balanced with 7 teams in each of the western and 8 in each of the east. this wont fly, the percentage differential of making the playoffs with 7 or 8 teams is huge. players will hate this.
the league however is missing one crucial element into getting the perfect realignment.
they arent looking at the future of the NHL.
bettman has stated that they are trying to deal with the problems faced now and not potential new teams in the future.
they need to figure out what is going on with the bottom grossing teams who just aren't drawing crowds and cant seem to have steady seasons such as Phoenix or Florida
in order to have a balanced league YOU NEED this realignment.
pacific - VAN, CAL, EDM, LA, SJ, ANA, COL PHX
central- STL, DAL, WPG, MINN, CHI, CLB, DET NSH
atlantic- WSH, CAR, NYR, NYI, NJ PITT, PHI
eastern- MTL, TOR, BUF BOS OTT TB FLO
note the atlantic and eastern are both short but quebec city and markham ontario are btoh building arenas