To make money, you have to have fans. To have fans, don't try to find cold weather sports fans in a desert. Phoenix, Florida, Nashville, Atlanta...Get rid of them. Too many teams means too many medium quality players which brings continuously lousy teams, which brings in no money. Less teams..in better cities, means more money, and true fans. Remember exciting hockey?
Teams that should be removed or relocated (original location) from the league:
Columbus, Nashville, Florida, Tampa Bay, NY Islanders, Carolina, Atlanta
Winnipeg, Hamilton, Quebec could see new teams.
26 teams, 13 per conference. Home and Home with each team in opposing conference (26 games) 2 home, 2 away games with each team in conference (52 games) remaining 4 games would be extra intra-divisional games.
Fans will get to see every team at least twice.
Wishful thinking is fun! Too bad it'll never happen
Also, with less teams...That means less players in the league, which also means the skill level will rise in both the NHL and AHL. Teams will be better, players in minor leagues will be better suited for pro's with a more skilled talent pool in the minors to help with development. Imagine a league filled with a balance of skill and heart and soul players? Violence in hockey could decline due to skill, talent, and hard work being more of a key factor in getting to the NHL. Instead of having teams with 4 or 5 stars on their team and having teams with none...it will balance out. There is too many AHL level players packed on teams, while other teams are jammed with money hungry stars. I think less teams would be greater then a salary cap.
Also, too many teams miss the playoffs each year...too many teams continuously miss the playoffs each year as well.
Edited by CMatt89, 12 May 2010 - 06:17 PM.