2013/08/07 Leave a Comment
16 teams in this “NHL Expansion Cities Bracket.” Voting for round one matchups happening now.
Vote on this bracket: NHL Expansion Cities »
Endless Possibilities. Zero Consensus.
2013/07/19 2 Comments
I can’t say I love the “Metropolitan” name. But, overall it’s better than shifting the Central to the Eastern Time Zone.
Click the map to enlarge.
2013/07/06 9 Comments
Since the Coyotes are locked in (for at least five years), what might an NHL with expansion teams in Seattle and Quebec City look like? Let’s face it, relocation isn’t happening anytime soon (breath easy Panther, Devil, Blue Jacket fans). NHL expansion is the next hot thing (despite “talent pool” arguments to the contrary). Let’s check out how a four conference, no divisions NHL could look:
2013/06/28 6 Comments
My Stanley Cup infographic has been revised to include the Blackhawks latest triumph. Until next year!
2013/06/03 22 Comments
In his NY Times post, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver steps away from politics and baseball to take on the NHL. The post’s title, “Why Can’t Canada Win the Stanley Cup?” is a lead-in premise to his re-imagining of a more balanced league in terms of where and how intense fanbases seem to be.
It’s nice to see a mind far smarter and more analytical than my feeble patchwork of five or six braincells look at how to better the league.
I’ve taken his new 28-team optimized NHL and put my ol’ realignment spin on it. Same guidelines apply as my NHL Realignment Project:
1). Keep the conferences limited to one or two time zones (a.k.a limit East-West travel);
2.) Preserve rivalries as much as logistically possible.
Here’s the map (click it for full size):
Bonus Tidbits (mmmmmmmmmm Timbits):
Nice to post something about realignment again. I gotta say, I missed it.
As always, thanks for reading… and make sure to check out Nate Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail but Some Don’t
Check out the rest of the NHL Realignment Project too, in case you missed it.
2013/03/24 5 Comments
Included in the following ZIP file is a Photoshop file of the NHL realignment the league announced recently with a ton of layers you can turn on and off, and selectable teams that can be relocated (or contracted) at will. If you want to add team logos that aren’t part of the current 30, there are plenty of resources online for finding those. But again, this template has the current 30 teams divvied up the way Gary and the Boyz™ decided was best, with the style of connectors that I’ve been using for the last (quite a) few months.
Also included is a blank version that you can divvy up the way you think is best using your own version of connector lines… who says you need to make ’em look like mine, right? Again the current 30 teams are included, but this is a flattened image file, so no relocations.
Not included are the fonts I used (those cost money)… but you can switch ’em to system fonts like Arial easy enough.
Click on the icon below to download.
2013/03/21 2 Comments
On Twitter, Defending Big D‘s Brandon Worley (@brandonworley) commented that the new Star Trek Into Darkness poster could be any modern action flick if you took away the title. Turns out he was right:
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I might have to make this a regular feature. 🙂
2013/03/08 2 Comments
My final proposal is just a little too late. And it’s too bad, because I went all “Howard Hughes” obsessive with it and made it into more of an infographic — and the Scheduling Pods and Scheduling Quads concept was so cool… oh well.
In both phases of this two phase plan:
Chicago fans can now calm down as I’ve put the Wings back in your conference.
Wings fans, please put down the pitchforks. In phase two of the plan, your team only has to play nine road games per season in the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones… and you get to play the Leafs and the Rangers four times each during the regular season… and the Habs and Bruins twice each, rounding out the Original Six.
Click the thumbnail to expand to the full size infographic.