NHL Realignment Project – Week 13

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NHL Realignment Project - Week 13

Week 13 – There and Back Again

Who says you can’t make all the people happy all the time. In this week’s edition of the NHL Realignment Project, every city that ever lost a team (and currently doesn’t have one), get’s one back. This generosity yields a 37-team league. This number (and the geographic groupings) causes some awkwardness as far as division goes, so we’ve scraped the idea of divisions altogether and gone with four Conferences (three 9-team conference, and one 10-team conference).

Like in Week 8, the top four teams in each conference qualify for the playoff tournament, and my awesome invention is back… the team that wins the President’s Trophy (best regular-season record), get’s to decide which conferences will be in each quadrant of the bracket.

NHL Realignment Map - Week Thirteen

NHL Realignment Map - Week Thirteen

Gained teams:

Oakland, Kansas City, Quebec City, Atlanta, Hamilton, Hartford, Cleveland

Lost teams:

None

Benefits:

• Happiness — Every hockey city that ever was, is on this map. No more complaining about the “team that was stolen from us”. Hooray!  (NOTE: Yes, I know that there was a “Brooklyn Americans”, but they never actually played in Brooklyn (just in Manhattan), so I opted to let them go the way of the Colorado Rockies and let the current team in the city be the representative of the past as well).

• Clusterific — Other than Columbus, there are reasonable clumpings of cities that happens ont this map. The conferences take advantage of that. Travel stays reasonably under control and lots of geographic rivalries can develop.

• The More the Merrier — 37 teams is a bunch. More hockey equals more awesome, right?

 

(H/T to oilersnation.com for the original map)

 

See everyone next week!

— TF

Make sure to check out the entire NHL Realignment Project ».

NHL Realignment Project – Week 12

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NHL Realignment Project Week 12

Week 12 – Are you ready for some football hockey? (The NFL Map)

Just like last week, we’re taking our NHL realignment inspiration from another league. Since it’s the most successful sports league in North America, maybe copying the NFL ain’t too bad an idea. So we divide our NHL into two conferences (Campbell and Wales) each of which is divided into North, South, East and West divisions. Unlike last week, I’ve taken a little more care to keep/create some good rivalries with the new conference/division breakdown… couldn’t get the Pens/Flyers rivalry to work out (sorry, Pennsylvania).

Overall, this works better than the MLB version… and surprisingly, works pretty well in general.

NHL Realignment Map Week Twelve

NHL Realignment Map Week-Twelve

 

Gained teams:

Seattle, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Quebec City

Lost teams:

Phoenix, New York Islanders

Benefits:

• Travel — Reasonably even travel across the league.

• Rivalries — Each of the four-team divisions is made up of two rivalry pairs. As stated earlier, the Pennsylvania pair got lost, but other than that, we’ve got a good mix of traditional hatred and/or geographic proximity throughout the league to keep things interesting. Heck, the Pittsburgh-Detroit and Philadelphia-Washington pairings are pretty damn decent replacements for the Pens-Flyers loss.

 

(H/T to oilersnation.com for the original map)

 

See everyone next week!

— TF

Make sure to check out the entire NHL Realignment Project ».