So if we take Chewie's estimate, the right number of teams is about 21. Nine have to go. Who are they?
From waaaaaaay earlier in this mess, here's what I said and it still looks good to me:
Here's what I'd do.
Four 5 Team Divisions - bring back the Old School Names!
Prince of Wales Conference
Adams (Northeast) Division:
Ottawa - (relaces the Whale)
NY Islanders - (replaces Le Nordique)
Patrick (Atlantic) Division:
Norris (Midwestern) Division:
Smythe (Pacific) Division:
Colorado - (sorry bug, no return for Winnipeg )
These Areas would be out of luck as their teams would be dissolved...
Ditch the trap, shrink goalie pads (width, not thickness), and open up the ice.
Not to brag, but it would totally fix the NHL.
Of course, listening to some of the $$$ stuff the NHL says they are facing, I can see how there would be room for some swap-outs based on TV markets and $$$.
For example, I could see the NHL making the following changes to my plan:
- dropping Edmonton for Dallas (sorry Dale
- dropping Ottawa for NJ in the Adams and then putting 1 of Carolina/Columbus/Nashville in NJ's place in the Patrick
- dropping another Canadian Team (Vancouver/Calgary) in favor of 1 of Phoenix/San Jose/Anaheim
The NHL likes the $$$ that is out there in the SW USA, so I'd bet if they have to contract teams the majority of contracted teams would all come from the NASCAR belt (south-eastern USA) or, sadly, western Canada.