NHL Realignment Map 2013-14

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Now that it has been approved, here is “The Official Tom Fulery Version” of the 2013-14 NHL realignment (click image to enlarge):

 

UPDATE: The league has officially announced division names.

An updated map can be found here »

 

 

NHL Realignment 2013-14

NHL Realignment 2013-14

7 Responses to NHL Realignment Map 2013-14

  1. AgentJ says:

    This doesn’t really make much sense to me. The point of having divisions should be to reduce travel, yet on the east coast, they’ve totally boned things up for the “Central” division. Replace Detroit with Nashville and move the New York/NJ teams into the blue, replaced by Carolina, Florida, and Tampa Bay.

  2. paleflame says:

    Although neither team is complaining (they’re happy to be getting Original Six teams in their building); the only switch that needs to be done on a teams babsis is moving Tampa and Florida into the “Atlantic Division” to help reduce their travel a little bit. Move Columbus and (I’d say Pittsburgh but that ain’t going to happen) New Jersey into the “Central Division”. That way the Pennsylvania and New York rivalries stay strong as does the Original Six ones in the “Central”.

    I’d also drop the Eastern/Western Conference names and just have four Conferences like the way it used to be. I’d use these division names a bit differently, from left to right I’d go with Pacific Conference, Central Conference, North-Atlantic Conference and Atlantic Conference.

    • Joey says:

      Are you serious? Rangers biggest rival is the Devils, Islanders have been so irrelevant for decades. No way in hell will they ever be split. You also got The Philadelphia rivalry too where half the State of NJ are actually Flyers fans (South Jersey only gets Comcast Philly and not MSG which airs Devils games).

      • tom says:

        Agreed that the biggest “immovable object” in the realignment game is the NY-NJ-PENN fivesome. I’m curious, are you a Rangers fan, Joey? I’m always hearing different versions of the “Rangers biggest rival” story, but they usually come from fans of the other team in the rivalry.

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