Dramatic Realignment Coming
According to a source at the NHL Draft this past week, there has been a drastic idea to change the divisions for the 2012-13 season.
An NHL executive that was quoted annonymously said that Gary bettman has proposed a system where there are still the Eastern and Western Conferences, but each conference will have only two divisions.
The West would have the Pacific and Midwest, and the East would have the East and the South.
In this scenario it was said that both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, which makes you wonder what the divisions would look like next year. Obviously with an odd number of teams, a division in each conference would have one extra team (eight and seven).
The only thing that concerns me is that the top four in each division would make the playoffs. I find this rule almost as stupid as the "division leader is top three" one. I think the division leader should make the playoffs automatically, but in the right seeding.
It's the same scenario here; it should be ther top eight teams in each conference no matter what position you finish in your division. FOr example, the 5th place team in Division A could have more points than the 4th place team in Division B, but the one with the lesser amount of points makes it. Doesn't seem fair to me!
According to the map I have of all the teams, I don't see a way to put both Detroit and Columbus into the East because one team from the East would need to move to the West, which makes no sense.
This is my version of what the divisions will look like in 2012-13:
South Division: Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit
Midwest Division: Colorado, Dallas, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus
Only time will tell how this all goes down (with Phoenix's buyer stepping away it could get really interesting). What happens next year?