The 2011-2011 NHL Western Conference Realignment

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 25, 2011

OAKLAND, CA. (BASN)—PART IV

A look at a future realignment for 2012-2013.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

Los Angeles Kings

Phoenix Coyotes

San Jose Sharks

Vancouver Canucks

This was a no-brainier with teams wanting to be in the same time zone and the possibility of the Coyotes moving to Seattle, Washington. This alignment would accomplish said goal on the west coast. The Coyotes in Washington State would be great for the Vancouver Canucks to have a natural cross boarder rival. It would also help not to have divisional games with the Dallas Stars two time zones away.

Northwest Division

Calgary Flames

Colorado Avalanche

Edmonton Oilers

Minnesota Wild

Winnipeg Jets

The Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets moving to Canada makes this division very interesting and logical as Mr. Spock, from the Starship Enterprise would say. Creating a strong Midwest Canadian flavor. The six Goal Brothers (Black players) would dominate this division.

The two best Goal Brothers in the league would play each other more Jarome Iginla-Calgary Flames and Dustin Byfuglin-Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.

The Colorado Avalanche would be the odd team in this division but where do you put them if not in this division?

Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks

Columbus Blue Jackets

Detroit Red Wings

Minnesota Wild

St. Louis Blues

The Dallas Stars would be the odd team in this division who could be moved to the revamped southeastern division. The League wants to have the Blackhawks and the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference. Because of Chicago‘s superstar and super brat Patrick Kane, and the many traveling fans of the Red Army of Detroit.

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