2012/12/07 Leave a Comment
Endless Possibilities. Zero Consensus.
2012/12/06 6 Comments
Bulldogs and Metropolitans
This week’s realignment is somewhat inspired by the “Lords of the Stanley Cup” infographic I did last week. In expanding to a 32-team league (which is something most believe the NHL will do soon), I picked the larger two cities of the four that have had Stanley Cup championships in the past, but no longer have teams: Seattle and Quebec City (the other two are Victoria, BC and Kenora, ON, in case you’re curious). This idea is also reinforced by the poll we’ve got running showing those two cities being the ones with the highest support for NHL expansion (yes, I know it’s not scientific, and no, I don’t think I am Nate Silver or anything).
This is no far-fetched scenario, with Markham’s arena deal hitting the skids lately, this may actually be the way things turn out.
This week’s re-imagined league continues to use the NHL’s four-conference breakdown proposed last year. I’ve gone with the common names of the Stanley Cup winning teams from Seattle and Quebec—the Metropolitans and Bulldogs respectively. Side note: the Quebec Stanley Cup champs were only informally knowns as the Bulldogs, they were officially the Quebec Hockey Club at the time. Conference names are an homage to the greatest players (arguably, of course) in the history of the teams of that conference. Gretzky (Oilers and Kings); Howe (Red Wings); Orr (Bruins); Kennedy (Maple Leafs).
|Los Angeles Kings|
|San Jose Sharks|
|Detroit Red Wings|
|St. Louis Blues|
|New Jersey Devils|
|New York Islanders|
|New York Rangers|
|Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
• Rivalries — Once again, I’ve tried my best to keep most of the major rivalries together. The more obvious ones are all here, of course, but even the “secondary” ones like the Sabres and the Leafs have been maintained where possible. Some of the Howe Conference teams could evolve into good rivalries too, like Dallas and Nashville. And to all you who constantly complain that the PHI/NYR rivalry is more important than the PIT/PHI rivalry—once again, the Broadway Blueshirts and the Broad Street Bullies and kept together. Oh, and Detroit and Colorado are together now… you’re welcome.
• Travel — Four conferences cut down on travel for the teams that currently have the heaviest burden (mainly Dallas, Winnipeg, Minnesota). Some of the teams with the light travel burdens right now add a little more (looking at you Kennedy Conference), but are still in much better shape than the frequent-flier champs out west. The only teams that have to got beyond one additional time zone for any in-conference game are the aforementioned Red Wings and Avalanche… and just to play each other. With that hatred, they won’t mind a bit.
• Heritage — The conferences are named for some of the greats from the history of the game. Only issue with this is having only four will spark countless debate on the choices (where are Richard, Plante, Hull, Bossy, Smith, Lafleur, etc.)
Each team plays:
- against its seven conference-mates twice at home and twice on the road each:
4 games x 7 teams = 28 games
- against the teams in the other conferences once at home and once on the road:
2 games x 24 teams = 48 games
- half of each conference pair up and play an additional home-and-home series (switch the pairings each season):
2 games x 3 teams = 6 games
• Top four teams from each conference qualify for a “final four” style tournament. All series are best of seven.
• Round 1: Conference Semifinals (1 seed vs. 4 seed; 2 vs. 3 (based on overall record))
• Round 2: Conference Finals (first round winners play each other)
• Round 3: Stanley Cup Semifinals (best overall record of remaining teams picks it’s opponent for this round)
• Round 4: Stanley Cup Finals
As always, thanks for reading, and don’t forget to use the sharing buttons to spread the word and wish me luck on my impending fatherhood in February.
2012/11/28 Leave a Comment
Barring any crazy unforeseen events (lawsuits, Goldwater, alien invasions), it looks like the Coyotes will call the desert home for a long while. Jamison wins. But who loses? Follow the links below for words from those who talk prettier than me:
2012/11/26 Leave a Comment
Check out this detailed look at what’s left to do in the Phoenix Coyotes deal. A November 27th city council vote looks like the last hurdle. It’s looking more and more like there will be hockey in the desert for the forseeable future… but this is the NHL, and more importantly, this is city politics… so who really knows what will come of it. We’ll only really know once a vote is approved and a sale actually goes through, a month or two later.
Follow the link below to the full examiner.com article:
2012/11/24 Leave a Comment
No major new insights here, but I always like to post links to folks who make mention of realignment. Like a lot of people proposing a “simple solution” of a single swap of a team for Winnipeg to “fix it” there’s no mention of the just-as-bad-or-even-worse problem of Dallas in the Pacific Division. But again, any talk of realignment makes me happy so here is the shout-out:
Krista Golden’s article on RantSports.com:
2012/11/23 Leave a Comment
A great Grandland article on our most glorious leader. It was from last week, and I totally missed it then, but it’s definitely worth a read.
Follow the link below to read on Grantland’s site:
2012/11/19 Leave a Comment
As ime permits, I’ve been adding rollovers to my “Illustrated History of the NHL” infographic. The rollovers give info on what happened at each entry on the timeline. Keep an eye out… I’m hoping to launch the update next week.
Until then, you can always check out the current (and still cool) version.
UPDATE: The new interactive infographic is live. Enjoy. Visit now »