Proposed NHL Realignment 2013-14

Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada (@FriedgeHNIC) reported that the forth-coming NHL Realignment Plan will be similar, but not exactly the same as the one the NHL proposed back in December of 2011. It’ll still be four conferences (two of 8 teams, two of 7 teams), but Detroit and Columbus would be moved to the “eastern” two conferences to reduce travel and better reflect the fact that they are actually in the Eastern time zone. I’m still processing it all, and considering the implications it has with future expansion and/or relocations.

In the meantime, here is one of my maps reflecting the proposed breakdown (click it for a larger version):

Proposed-NHL-Realignment-Map-2013-14

Interesting times ahead.

Bring on the super-happy few… and the very pissed off masses.

—TF

 

3 Responses to Proposed NHL Realignment 2013-14

  1. Glussell says:

    I for one love this setup! It looks like the majority of teams get what they want here, with a couple of exceptions.

    Detroit, Columbus, Dallas, and Minnesota now get away games that start at a sensible time. Sure Colorado is the lone wolf in Mountain Time with a team full of Central Time zone teams, but that’s means that their fans can watch the games during dinner.

    Obviously rivalries were deemed more important than Geography as Pittsburgh and Columbus should logically be traded with Florida and Tampa, but after watching the great game last week, I think that every hockey fan should be ok with that.

    I do feel for Chicago and Nashville as they had fun rivalries with Detroit, but some teams have to bite the bullet sometimes and new rivalries can start with a few rough games or fun playoff series. Just ask Vancouver and Chicago or Detroit and Colorado.

    My own concern is the “what if” on expansion. If the NHL was going to expand into Quebec and Toronto, how would that work exactly? Would Detroit and Columbus get bumped back? Are more teams in danger of moving than we know? But I guess that’s for people of the future to figure out.

  2. Quist says:

    Pacific (W)
    1-Edmonton
    2-Vancouver
    3-Calgary
    4-San Jose
    5-Los Angeles
    6-Anaheim
    7-Colorado
    8-Phoenix

    Central (W)
    1-Winnipeg
    2-Minnesota
    3-Detroit
    4-Chicago
    5-St Louis
    6-Nashville
    7-Dallas

    Northeast (E)
    1-Montreal
    2-Ottawa
    3-Toronto
    4-Boston
    5-Buffalo
    6-Columbus
    7-Pittsburgh

    Southeast (E)
    1-Long Island
    2-New York
    3-New Jersey
    4-Philadelphia
    5-Washington
    6-Carolina
    7-Tampa Bay
    8-Florida

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