What to do with the NHL?

Got ya now, all I have to do is keep you reading.  As some of you may know, I have a grassroots candidacy going to become the next N.H.L. Commissioner.  If you have been a fan of the National Hockey League for the past 20 years you have seen the product deteriorate to almost unwatchable at times.  For now let’s start with this one simple lesson Gary Bettman has taught us, keep hockey out of non-traditional markets!!!  So for you Caneiacs, members of Smashville, Yoties and Panthers fans this is about the time you check out of this column….Good did they leave, ok, kiddies the problem with the NHL, I mean all the gimmicks and crummy ass hockey fans, the half empty buildings, the Reebok exclusive deal, the jerseys that don’t fit right, your team changing its jersey every 3 yeas, whose hands does this all fall into, Gary Bettman.

Gary Bettman the name that makes me sick to my stomach worse than tequila (long night at Mako’s in Orlando, we wont break out that story, trust me) the not knowing the game commissioner is in love with not knowing the game fans, and then changes rules to make the game more interesting for them, hell a glow puck was smarter than the shoot out, but changing the Conference names and Divisional names to geographic names because you have people who have no idea who Lester Patrick was is where I draw the line.
With the impending move of the Coyotes to most likely Winnipeg and Atlanta moving somewhere and Florida most likely moving somewhere and Columbus moving somewhere and would you like me to keep going on teams Butterman has brought into the league, this is the league that the New Jersey Devils and their 1988 Playoff Run got me excited about the game about and this is the same league that made me totally disinterested following the 2004-05 lockout.
With the fact that the NHLPA won’t allow for contraction and the league can not go back to divisions I propose the following, first the current NHL divisions with the names they should have, then new realignment,  and following that the teams that I believe will move and new realignment.

Prince of Wales Conference
Patrick Division                       Adams Division                  Richard Division
New Jersey Devils                  Boston Bruins                     Atlanta Thrashers
New York Islanders               Buffalo Sabres                    Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers                Montreal Canadiens            Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers                 Ottawa Senators                 Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins                Toronto Maple Leafs          Washington Capitals

Clarence S. Campbell Conference
Norris Division                       Smythe Division                  Howe Division
Chicago Blackhawks              Anaheim Ducks                  Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets           Dallas Stars                        Colorado Avalanche
Detroit Red Wings                  Los Angeles Kings              Edmonton Oilers
Nashville Predators                Phoenix Coyotes                  Minnesota Wild
St. Louis Blues                       San Jose Sharks                  Vancouver Canucks

What is the one thing that stars you right in the face is how unbalanced the divisions are and even better yet how the geographical relations are umm a little screwy to say the least.

So with out any further ado complete with the first phase of realignment

Prince of Wales Conference
Patrick Division                       Adams Division                  Richard Division
New Jersey Devils                  Boston Bruins                     Atlanta Thrashers
New York Islanders               Buffalo Sabres                    Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers                Montreal Canadiens            Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers                 Nashville Predators             Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins                Toronto Maple Leafs          Washington Capitals
Clarence S. Campbell Conference
Norris Division                       Smythe Division                   Howe Division
Chicago Blackhawks              Anaheim Ducks                   Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets           Los Angeles Kings              Colorado Avalanche
Detroit Red Wings                  Phoenix Coyotes                 Edmonton Oilers
Ottawa Senators                    San Jose Sharks                 Minnesota Wild
St. Louis Blues                       Vancouver Canucks           Dallas Stars 
And now the moment you hockey fans in Winnipeg, Hartford and Quebec have been waiting for…
But first the teams that I propose a move for are…
Florida, Phoenix, Columbus, New York Islanders, Atlanta, and Dallas 
Florida moves to Milwaukee
Atlanta moves to Hartford
Islanders move to Quebec
Phoenix moves to Winnipeg
Columbus moves to Kansas City
Dallas moves to Hamilton
Prince of Wales Conference

Patrick Division                       Adams Division                  Richard Division
New Jersey                             Boston                               Washington
New York                              Buffalo                                Hamilton
Hartford                                 Montreal                             Carolina       
Philadelphia                            Quebec                               Nashville
Pittsburgh                               Toronto                               Tampa Bay

Clarence S. Campbell Conference

Norris Division                       Smythe Division                  Howe Division
Chicago                                 Los Angeles                       Calgary
Detroit                                   Colorado                           Edmonton
Kansas City                           Minnesota                          Vancouver
St. Louis                                Anaheim                             Winnipeg
Milwaukee                             San Jose                             Ottawa

So there ya have it that’s how I would realign the NHL.  Let me know what you think of my plans.
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Posted on April 25, 2011, in Hartford Whalers, NHL. Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Looks like you have put a little thought into this!? haha. I like the old division/conference names too! I won't get too deep into it seeing as the possibilities are mind-numbing! I DO like Winnipeg and Minnesota together–this a good realignment by illegal curve: http://illegalcurve.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2011-Division-Realignment.jpg

    Thx!

    TWJN

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