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Fixed. Sort of; Dallas ends up in the East because they're a logical fit for the Southeast if you take Washington away.

You do realize that was a joke post, right, eva? :P The whole idea was to put Phoenix in a division with 4 huge O6 teams and see if they have problems with ratings then.

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I would love to see the Conference system abandoned altogether. I find it disappointing that western teams can never compete directly for the Cup.

I've always liked the MLB/NFL method where it's not segregated between east and west.

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You do realize that was a joke post, right, eva? :P The whole idea was to put Phoenix in a division with 4 huge O6 teams and see if they have problems with ratings then.

I figured you probably slotted them there intending for a Quebec move.

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Going back to the four conference idea someone posted 2-3 pages back, but slightly edited. What do you guys think of a 7-8 team conference, with 4 teams from each making the post-season, and a final four to determine the Stanley Cup champions? Also, you can name the conferences by geographical direction or go a more creative approach [example: Rockies (w), Great Lakes (n), Sun Belt (s), Appalachians (e)].

P.S.: I can see to potential problems for the NHL (but positives for us Detroiters) that can come out of this:

1. Phoenix will lose Detroit support and moves to Quebec, the West moves down to 7 teams, and the East moves up to 8 teams.

2. Tampa will be almost guaranteed a final four spot each year with a pathetic South like that. Go Stevie Y!

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Going back to the four conference idea someone posted 2-3 pages back, but slightly edited. What do you guys think of a 7-8 team conference, with 4 teams from each making the post-season, and a final four to determine the Stanley Cup champions? Also, you can name the conferences by geographical direction or go a more creative approach [example: Rockies (w), Great Lakes (n), Sun Belt (s), Appalachians (e)].

P.S.: I can see to potential problems for the NHL (but positives for us Detroiters) that can come out of this:

1. Phoenix will lose Detroit support and moves to Quebec, the West moves down to 7 teams, and the East moves up to 8 teams.

2. Tampa will be almost guaranteed a final four spot each year with a pathetic South like that. Go Stevie Y!

I like your setup quite a bit...only problem I can see is that Montreal is the only Canadian team in the East...won't they whine about that?

Also I'm not sure what you mean by a "Final Four" to determine the champions.

And to the other guy who made a "Bettman Conference".... :blink:

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Regarding the final four, I meant to say instead of having two Conference champions compete for Lord Stanley, you'd have four Conference champions play one another, dwindling to a top two matchup for the championship.

Hypothetical:

After 82 regular season games, the top four teams from each conference make the playoffs and duel each other (1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3)

Sun Belt Conference

Tampa (106 points) 1 seed

Carolina (93) 2 seed

etc.

etc.

Appalachian Conference

Montreal (103 points) 1 seed

Boston (98) 2 seed

etc.

etc.

Great Lakes Conference

Chicago (105 points) 1 seed

Pittsburg (102) 2 seed

Buffalo (101) 3 seed

Detroit (100) 4 seed

Rockies Conference

San Jose (102 points) 1 seed

Vancouver (101) 2 seed

etc.

etc.

Tampa makes it out of the Sun Belt Conference

Boston makes it out of the Appalachian Conference

Detroit makes it out of the Great Lakes conference

Vancouver makes it out of the Rockies Conference

The final four would be:

Tampa (1 seed - based on most points in the regular season - 106) vs. Boston (4 seed - 98 points) (Home Court Tampa)

Vancouver (2 seed - 101 points) vs. Detroit (3 seed - 100 points) (Home Court Vancouver)

Seeding realigns based on points in the final four. Initially Detroit was a 4 seed in a stacked conference, but 3 seed in the final four. Same for Boston, who was a 2 seed in their conference playoffs, but a four seed in the final four.

Winner of Tampa vs. Boston will face off against the winner of Vancouver vs. Detroit (again, home court going to the better seed)

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Regarding the final four, I meant to say instead of having two Conference champions compete for Lord Stanley, you'd have four Conference champions play one another, dwindling to a top two matchup for the championship.

Hypothetical:

After 82 regular season games, the top four teams from each conference make the playoffs and duel each other (1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3)

Rust Belt Conference

Tampa (106 points) 1 seed

Carolina (93) 2 seed

etc.

etc.

Appalachian Conference

Montreal (103 points) 1 seed

Boston (98) 2 seed

etc.

etc.

Great Lakes Conference

Chicago (105 points) 1 seed

Pittsburg (102) 2 seed

Buffalo (101) 3 seed

Detroit (100) 4 seed

Rockies Conference

San Jose (102 points) 1 seed

Vancouver (101) 2 seed

etc.

etc.

Tampa makes it out of the Rust Belt Conference

Boston makes it out of the Appalachian Conference

Detroit makes it out of the Great Lakes conference

Vancouver makes it out of the Rockies Conference

The final four would be:

Tampa (1 seed - based on most points in the regular season - 106) vs. Boston (4 seed - 98 points) (Home Court Tampa)

Vancouver (2 seed - 101 points) vs. Detroit (3 seed - 100 points) (Home Court Vancouver)

Seeding realigns based on points in the final four. Initially Detroit was a 4 seed in a stacked conference, but 3 seed in the final four. Same for Boston, who was a 2 seed in their conference playoffs, but a four seed in the final four.

Winner of Tampa vs. Boston will face off against the winner of Vancouver vs. Detroit (again, home court going to the better seed)

.... Where exactly do you think the 'Rust Belt' is?

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Anyone else think the league is holding off on realignment until 2012 is because of possible expansion? I am not trying to spark a debate about the pros and cons of expansion, but it has been brought up in discussions at work and the theory that it is due to the schedule already being close to finalized is pretty weak IMO, they could hash out a new schedule in a week or two if it came down to that, I think there is something bigger in play.

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Anyone else think the league is holding off on realignment until 2012 is because of possible expansion? I am not trying to spark a debate about the pros and cons of expansion, but it has been brought up in discussions at work and the theory that it is due to the schedule already being close to finalized is pretty weak IMO, they could hash out a new schedule in a week or two if it came down to that, I think there is something bigger in play.

Expansion? Not likely, though I guess I wouldn't be shocked.

One or more other teams relocating? Yes.

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Expansion? Not likely, though I guess I wouldn't be shocked.

One or more other teams relocating? Yes.

That's a good point too, maybe the league is already aware of another struggling franchise that is unable to find a local buyer and are trying to do a better job of keeping it under wraps.

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I see another relocation happening in 2012, but not expansion. They'd have to be pretty stupid to want to expand when so many teams are already struggling. Although, among the narrow minds in business, expansion is always good. If you're not expanding you're losing, right?

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