You know, looking at it from the angle of what would take the least travel time and preserve the current set-up most closely, the thing that makes the most sense to me would be to move Nashville to the Southeast (and have Minnesota take its spot in Central so Winnipeg can fit into the Northwest). Everybody's been talking about Detroit and Columbus because they're in the Eastern Time Zone, but it'd be more of a pain in the butt to have to realign every single division in the East to let in Detroit/Columbus somewhere in the Northeast/Atlantic than just to tell Nashville, "So you're an hour off - deal with it." I know most of us want the Wings to go to the East, but if I had to guess what was on the League's mind, I'd bet on moving Nashville.
Actually, no. The best option for travel all-around (calculated travel distances) with current conferences and roughly similar divisions is:
NE: Det, Tor, Mtl, Ott, Buf (1 move, Det for Bos)
Atl: Phi, Nyr, Nyi, Njd, Bos (1 move, Bos for Pit)
SE: Pit, Was, Car, Tbl, Fla (1 move, Pit for Atl)
Cen: Cbj, Nas, Dal, Chi, Stl (1 move, Det for Dal)
NW: Min, Wpg, Edm, Cgy, Col (1 move, Wpg for Van)
Pac: Van, Sjs, Phx, Lak, Ana (1 move, Van for Dal)
NW: Min, Wpg, Edm, Cgy, Van (1 move, Wpg for Col)
Pac: Sjs, Phx, Lak, Ana, Col (1 move, Col for Dal)
The first one is better for travel, the second one is better for whiny northwestern canadians.. I mean divisional rivalries.
NAS-> SE is a way worse option travel-wise. DET and CLB are the best option for all but 3 of the East teams, with them splitting it roughly even (slightly in CLBs favor). However, the BJs are a significantly better option for the Cen/majority of the West, and so is Nashville, and them together are a better option for the rest of the division than Detroit.
Based purely on travel, Detroit should be the one to move. It's also the only option that gives the NHL a good reason to put Crosby and Ovy (and Stamkos and Malkin) in the same division.
Edited by Datsyerberger, 03 June 2011 - 12:12 AM.
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