NHL Realignment Maps

NHL Realignment - Just the Maps

NHL Realignment Maps

As a companion to my NHL Realignment Project, this page will act as a compendium of the maps. For those of you who don’t want to wade through my rambling rationales for each realignment, this is the place for you. Just the maps. Click each map to see it larger.

If however you do want to view all the full blog entries in one place… click here to see the entire NHL Realignment Project.

Special thanks to OilersNation.com for the original map used in the first 40ish weeks.

And now for the maps:

Week One: Moving and Shaking (and Expanding) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map — Week 1 (Map A)

NHL Realignment Project — Week 1 (Map A)

NHL Realignment Map - Week 1 (Map B)

NHL Realignment Map – Week 1 (Map B)

 

Week Two: Phoenix to Seattle — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 2

NHL Realignment Map – Week 2

 

Week Three: Damn, that’s Cold — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 3

NHL Realignment Map – Week 3

 

Week Four: The Devil You Say! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 4

NHL Realignment Map – Week 4

 

Week Five: Get Real! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 5

NHL Realignment Map – Week 5

 

Week Six: Get Real, Take Two! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 6

NHL Realignment Map – Week 6

 

Week Seven: Bigger is Better — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 7

NHL Realignment Map – Week 7

 

Week Eight: Canadian Madness — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 8

NHL Realignment Map – Week 8

 

Week Nine: Barbecue and Desert — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 9

NHL Realignment Map – Week 9

 

Week Ten: A Long Trip Leads to Rivalry Overdose — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 10

NHL Realignment Map – Week 10

 

Week Eleven: The MLB Map — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 11

NHL Realignment Map – Week 11

 

Week Twelve: The NFL Map — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 12

NHL Realignment Map – Week 12

 

Week Thirteen: There and Back Again — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 13

NHL Realignment Map – Week 13

 

Week Fourteen: The Mother Lode! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 14

NHL Realignment Map – Week 14

 

Week Fifteen: Triple Threat — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 15

NHL Realignment Map – Week 15

 

Week Sixteen: Champions League (Version 1) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 16

NHL Realignment Map – Week 16

 

Week Seventeen: Champions League (Version 2) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 17

NHL Realignment Map – Week 17

 

Week Eighteen: Champions League Plus — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 18

NHL Realignment Map – Week 18

 

Week Nineteen: Champions League (Semi) Final — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 19

NHL Realignment Map – Week 19

 

Week Twenty: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 20

NHL Realignment Map – Week 20

 

Week Twenty-One: Pod Casting — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 21

NHL Realignment Map – Week 21

 

Week Twenty-Two: Nationalism — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 22

NHL Realignment Map – Week 21

 

Week Twenty-Three: Nationalism, Expanded — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 23

NHL Realignment Map – Week 23

 

Week Twenty-Four: Oh Six! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 24

NHL Realignment Map – Week 24

 

Week Twenty-Five: Oh Six (Times Six)! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 25

NHL Realignment Map – Week 25

 

Week Twenty-Six: Oh Six (One Last Time) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 26

NHL Realignment Map – Week 26

 

Week Twenty-Seven: Dear, Gary — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 27

The Realigned NHL 2012-2013

NHL Realignment Map - Week 27 (PHX-to-KC)

The NHL Realigned – Possible Near Future (PHX-to-KC)

NHL Realignment Map - Week 27 (PHX-to-QBC)

The NHL Realigned – Possible Near Future (PHX-to-QBC)

 

  Week Twenty-Eight: Gary Christmas! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 28

Gary Bettman’s NHL Realignment Map

 

Week Twenty-Nine: Where do we go from here? — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 29

NHL Realignment Map – Week 29

 

Week Thirty: Seeking 32 (KC, QBC, Hamilton, Portland) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 30

NHL Realignment Map – Week 30

 

Week Thirty-One: Seeking 32 (Quebec City, Seattle, Houston) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 31

NHL Realignment Map – Week 31

 

Week Thirty-Two: Seeking 32 (Quebec City, Portland, Kansas City, Houston) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 32

NHL Realignment Map – Week 32

 

Week Thirty-Three: All the People, All the Time — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 33

NHL Realignment Map – Week 33

 

Week Thirty-Four: So Long, Sunshine and Buckeye States — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 34

NHL Realignment Map – Week 34

 

Week Thirty-Five: Merge and Move — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 35

NHL Realignment Map – Week 35

 

Week Thirty-Six: Getting Vertical, Eh! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 36

NHL Realignment Map – Week 36

 

Week Thirty-Seven: West, West, West, West, East — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 37

NHL Realignment Map – Week 37

 

Week Thirty-Eight: Something Old, Something New(s) — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 38

NHL Realignment Map – Week 38

 

Week Thirty-Nine: Simply Seattle — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 39

NHL Realignment Map – Week 39

 

Week Forty: Arena Talk — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 40

NHL Realignment Map – Week 40

 

Week Forty-One: Whale of a Tweak — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 41

NHL Realignment Map – Week 41

 

 

Week Forty-Two: I’m Having Contractions — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 42

NHL Realignment Map – Week 42

 

 

Week Forty-Three: Five Alive — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 43

NHL Realignment Map – Week 43

 

 

Week Forty-Four: There Is No Spoon — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Matrix

NHL Realignment Map – Matrix

 

 

Week Forty-Five: Red Hot & Blue — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 45

NHL Realignment Map – Week 45

 

 

Week Forty-Six: Olé… Olé, Olé, Olé! — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 46

NHL Realignment Map – Week 46

 

 

Week Forty-Seven: La Key en Rose — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 47

NHL Realignment Map – Week 47

 

Week Forty-Eight: Gary’s Dream — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 48

NHL Realignment Map – Week 48

 

Week Forty-Nine: Gary’s Dream – With a Little Barbecue Sauce — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 49

NHL Realignment Map – Week 49

 

Week Fifty: Bulldogs and Metropolitans — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 50

NHL Realignment Map – Week 50

 

Week Fifty-One: A More Balanced East — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Project - Week 51

NHL Realignment Project – Week 51

 

Week Fifty-Two: Rivalry Pods — Read Post »

NHL Realignment Map - Week 52

NHL Realignment Map – Week 52

27 Responses to NHL Realignment Maps

  1. Ken Carnes says:

    Expansion? With what talent?

    • tom says:

      Every expansion has generated that same response. I think so long as the league capped any expansion to two more teams… we’d be okay. I personally would rather see the league go to 28 teams, but that’s just me.

      • M M says:

        Contraction is ridiculous and just won’t happen. Imagine that you are the guy who owns a franchise worth $250M. Are you suddenly going to say – okay, hockey needs me to close my business for the betterment of the game. Absurd. Contraction is usually raised by Original Six elitists that think the only hockey that is played is from the old school teams. They also think that newer teams or those with more Ls than Ws need contracted. If you look at how long it took many of these teams to become competitive, let alone win a cup you would realize that franchise development takes time. Building a fan base and being successful is more than just Ws and Ls.

  2. Alex says:

    i really like that pod idea its the best idea in hockey since the goalie mask

    • tom says:

      Thanks. I rather enjoy the pods myself. When the NHL expands someday, that’d be the way I’d go.

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  5. tuning blog says:

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  6. James says:

    Its just me but id like it for NY islanders to stay on LI but my idea of what to do 32 teams is:
    Smythe Norris Adams Patrick
    EDM CHI BUF PHI
    CAL DET BOS PIT
    LA COLUM OTT WAS
    SJ MIN TOR NYR
    ANA WINN MTL NJ
    COL DAL QBC (phoenix move) NYI
    SEATTLE (EXPANSION) NSH FLA CAR
    VAN STL TB HARTFORD (EXPANSION)

    pretty simple and adds some great rivalries with QBC/MTL, HART/CAR…VAN/SEA

    give me some feedback and your thoughts because i love your realignment plans and maps. Awesome stuff

    • tom says:

      Hey, James. Thanks for reading and for the compliments. Always nice to hear that my work isn’t all for naught.

      Agreed, that the new rivalries would be sweet. I hadn’t really thought of the HRT/CAR rivalry… it really would be great. And the Hurricanes are in desperate need of a rival to add to relevance these days. Nice work.

      I really don’t have any bones to pick with your alignment. It keeps major rivals together. It keeps time-zone travel to a minimum in-division. It gets the cool old division names back too. Excellently done, sir.

      Cheers and keep reading!

      —TF

      • M M says:

        Thanks for the great website. Is one of these models the straight GEO model. Group teams which are geographically closet as the crow flies?

        Clearly teams in the east have an advantage relative to travel time and travel costs. If you send the TOR, MTL, BOS, PIT and NYx of the world out west for a couple of trips they would be pxxxxing and moaning pretty quickly about travel costs and fatigue from travelling three time zones multiples times a season. Think about it. Teams like CBUS and DET are at huge disadvantages since they are on the eastern side of the Western Conference and are in the Eastern time zone.

  7. bbdonohue says:

    realignment seems less messy with one FINAL, two-team expansion. i clearly am not aware of all that goes into expansions nor the length of time required to create one, but two canadian expansions [quebec city (QBC) and hamilton (HAM)] would be sound decisions. so w/ 32 teams, you could have 4, 8-team divisions or 8, 4-team divisions.

    1E QBC/MTL/OTT/BOS
    2E BUF/PIT/HAM/TOR
    3E NYR/NYI/NJD/PHI
    4E WSH/CAR/TBL/FLA

    1W NSH/CBJ/CHI/DET
    2W COL/MIN/STL/DAL
    3W VAN/CGY/EDM/WPG
    4W PHX/ANA/LAK/SJS

    1E QBC/MTL/OTT/BOS/BUF/PIT/HAM/TOR
    2E NYR/NYI/NJD/PHI/WSH/CAR/TBL/FLA

    1W NSH/CBJ/CHI/DET/COL/MIN/STL/DAL
    2W VAN/CGY/EDM/WPG/PHX/ANA/LAK/SJS

    if PHX folds, they should be relocated to seattle (SEA) or saskatoon (SKN)

    3W SKN/CGY/EDM/WPG
    4W VAN/ANA/LAK/SJS

    3W VAN/CGY/EDM/WPG
    4W SEA/ANA/LAK/SJS

    2W SKN/VAN/CGY/EDM/WPG/ANA/LAK/SJS

    2W SEA/VAN/CGY/EDM/WPG/ANA/LAK/SJS

    i acknowledge that CAN/US customs would impact some of these divisions

    • tom says:

      Very thorough, my friend. Funny that lately, I’ve been leaning towards more divisions with less teams. It would be very interesting to have a playoffs that were made up of four champions and four “wildcards” in each conference. It certainly would make divisional rivalries way more intense.

      As much as I love the idea of Saskatoon getting a team, I don’t think the NHL would go for it since Corporate support in the market is comparatively lean when compared to Seattle, say. The population base is really small too especially when compared to Seattle as well. The positive would be a nice rivalry triumvirate with Minnesota and Winnipeg. Would be sweet.

      Thanks for you comments!

      — TeeEff

    • Caden says:

      Cool! That’s a clever way of lonkoig at it!

  8. RJ Lee says:

    Let me run this one by you.
    Canadian Conference
    East- Mtl,Ott,Que(expansion),Tor(leafs)
    West- Cgy,Edm,Van,Wpg

    Atlantic Conference
    North- NJ,NYR,Phi,Pit
    South- Car,Fla,TB,Wsh

    Northern Conference
    Northeast – Bos,Buf,Clb,Markham(or whatever,expansion)
    Central- Chi,Det,Min,StL

    Western Conference
    Midwest- Col,Dal,Nsh,Phx(Yotes stay)
    Pacific – Ana,LA,SJ,Sea(Islanders,name works there)

    4 teams make playoffs in each conference, at least one in each division.
    Guarantees a Canadian team in final 4. Makes TSN and CBC happy.
    Odds of 2 Canadian teams making final is virtually nil. Take a breath,Gary.
    Division teams play 6 against each other. 4 against teams in opposing divsion within conference.
    Home and home against rest of league. Deal with it Lou.

  9. Rob says:

    Have weeks 47 to 52 been posted?

  10. Derek says:

    I love the week 32 expansion with the Houston Aeros (my home town team). I think that would work especially with the rivalry between Houston and Dallas, I could see that bringing in tons of money for both teams. It would be even cooler if San Antonio had a team too like in the 44 team expansion, that would create an even bigger Texas Triangle Rivalry (although thats a long shot).

    • tom says:

      Thanks, Derek. As a Dallas Stars fan, nothing would make me happier (other than getting out of the Pacific Division) than seeing them get a great, in-state rivalry going. It would be so intense.

      —TF

  11. Ian McClennan says:

    What about (essentially) the same map as week #15 but without contraction. Then put the four top teams in each of the divisions into playoff brackets, plus a wildcard bracket of the next best four teams in the league. The four winners meet in the Stanley Cup semis.

    Pros: Travel; any two teams can meet for the cup (Toronto v Montreal anyone?)

  12. Ryan Crawford says:

    I thought that Nashville should relocate to the Eastern Conference`s Southeast Division, than relocate Winnipeg to the Western Conference`s Central Division.

    The move would have made more sense geographicallhy. However, it`s too late now…

  13. Kaseynhl says:

    if you can’t skate outside at LEAST once a year there should be no hockey team.

  14. Arch Leester says:

    This is close to week 21′s format.
    Orr Conference-east-BOS,FLA,MTL,QUE – west- BUF,OTT,TB,TOR
    Lemieux Conference-east-CAR,NJ,NYI,NYR-west-CLB,PHI,PIT,WSH
    Howe Conference-north-CHI,DET,MIN,WPG-south-COL,DAL,NSH,STL
    Gretzky Conference-north-CGY,EDM,SEA,VAN-south-ANA,LA,PHX,SJ
    4 teams make playoffs in each conference. Conf. champs go to final 4.
    Division rivals play 6 times against one another. Conf. rivals play 4 times and twice against everyone else.
    Howe was better than Hull. DET belongs in that conf. Old SE division destroyed. CAR to play with NY area teams, but stays in same conference with WSH along with old atlantic division teams. Florida teams placed up north in Orr conf.

  15. Kruxx says:

    Orr Conference-east-BOS,FLA,MTL,QUE – west- BUF,OTT,TB,TOR
    Lemieux Conference-east-CAR,NJ,NYI,NYR-west-CLB,PHI,PIT,WSH
    Howe Conference-north-CHI,DET,NSH,STL-south-COL,DAL,MIN,WPG
    Gretzky Conference-north-CGY,EDM,SEA,VAN-south-ANA,LA,PHX,SJ
    4 teams make playoffs in each conference. Conf. champs go to final 4. No set east/west conference finals.
    Division rivals play 6 times against one another. Conf. rivals play 4 times and twice against everyone else.
    Howe was better than Hull. DET belongs in that conf. Old SE division destroyed. CAR to play with NY area teams, but stays in same conference with WSH along with old atlantic division teams. Florida teams placed up north in Orr conf.

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