That's 24 total teams. Obviously, I would contract several franchises and move some others around. I know it would never happen, but like I said, this is what I prefer the divisions to look like in my dream world.
A re-alignment is far overdue and I think the real solution is balanced travel, with divisions spread out not by geography, but by making all travel equal. Either way, at least this proposal is an improvement from the current one...
The travel will never be equal in between conferences, because there's always going to be less travel in the East.
I'm almost inclined to say that there should be two Conferences, no divisions, 15 teams per conference, with the top 8 making the playoffs in each Conference. The Wings would move East, while Winnipeg would move West.
That seems simple enough, and the Western teams would all do equal travel amongst themselves, with there being no divisional format.
Plus/Minus is a misleading stat between these 3 players. Lidstrom played in front of Jimmy Howard and his s***ty numbers, while Chara and Weber played in front of Thomas and Rinne, who put up amazing numbers (record numbers for Thomas).
Will someone explain to the morons on HFboards this one fact.
You could also explain that Lidstrom had way more points than Chara, enough for that to be a very significant fact that skewed the voting. Weber scored a lot as well, but the guy shoots about 800 times a game, so his goal total isn't as impressive as Nick's.
...incredible third line would be the group that makes the real difference in most games. Pav + Val = hot fire. + Jagr = wow. Second line is tried and true. fourth line is pretty much un-playable...but, so what. sub homer in on the PP. sub abby in on the PK. sub homer in for jagr, and abby in for bert regular strength from time to time. get huds a shift here and there. they'll get their minutes.
I didn't see Laich in your original post. And your 4th line is a waste of time. Why not put someone like Winchester on that line? Guy has shown a scoring touch before, and is a good grinding forward that will wear defenses out as a series goes on.
I think you're trolling.
Of course you do. I didn't see you making any novel ideas in this thread.
My lineup actually made some cap sense and is a rather well rounded group that will beat most of these "proposed" lineups in a playoff series.
It's got scoring, size, skill, toughness and a good defense that will clear the crease for a change.