So remember that time, way back in Dec. 2011 BL (Before Lockout) when the NHL proposed a realignment plan that never actually happened?
Well, it’s deja vu all over again.
In a detailed memo sent to League teams on Tuesday, the NHL again proposed a new realignment plan. This new plan would see the League go from six divisions to four and introduce a form of divisional playoffs instead of the current conference system.
Again, the plan needs approval from the NHLPA and Board of Governors. If ratified, the plan would take effect for the 2013-14 regular season.
Under this new plan, the conferences would be re-aligned, albeit unevenly. Columbus and Detroit would move into the Eastern Conference, leaving the Western Conference with only 14 teams. Teams in the “Blue” and “Green” would be the East and “Yellow” and “Orange” would be West.
The schedule would see each team play teams in the other conference, both at home and away.
In the divisions with 7 teams (Yellow, Orange), the teams would play intraconference opponents three times per season and 5 of the 6 intradivision opponents five times a season. The 6th opponent within the division would be played four times.
In the division with 8 team (Blue and Green), teams would play intraconference three times and intradivision either four or five times per season.
With the obvious imbalance between the conference, the League has proposed introducing a wild-card to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I guess if it works for the NFL and MLB, it could work for hockey?
Under this new system, the top 3 teams in each of the four divisions would qualify for the postseason. The final four spots would go to the two teams in each conference with the next-best records. In theory, 5 teams from one division and just 3 from the other in each conference could make the post season.
Doesn’t the NHL know that we don’t do no math? This is too many numbers for us to handle.
Obviously, this plan is not set in stone and who’s to say that it’ll even get approved.
But hypothetically, if it did get approved, how would you feel about it?
Love? Hate? Bored Indifference?
Tags: nhl, NHL Realignment, wild card