CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
The 2011-2012 NHL Eastern Conference Realignment
Here is a look at possible realignment in 2012-2013
Tampa Bay Lightning
This could be called the new NASCAR division for the NHL and would create many great competitive games with four solid teams and a big new fan base. This also would be geographically correct and would save money traveling during the season. The Washington Capitals would fit well in this division but the league wants to see Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin in the New York-New Jersey metro media market.
The influences of the Versus Network might force the Commissioner’s hand placing both Pittsburgh and Washington in the Atlantic Division and moving the New York Islanders out of the division. The Islanders would move north in that tough Northeast Division. This would be tragic for the Flushing Meadows fan club losing the Ranger, Devil, and Flyer divisional games. The Islander players would gain those airline frequent flyer miles going north of the boarder.
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
The Metro Corridor Division. Each team would be an hour away by plane and less then three hours away by motor vehicle. The Pittsburgh Penguins might make this division an all Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey lock. Again the league would love to have superstar Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby in this division and the New York-New Jersey Metro-Media market. We cannot forget the Versus Television Network would love it too.
Toronto Maple Leafs
They call this the Arctic Circle Division. The Detroit Red Wings would fit into this division, leaving the Penguins to move eastward into the Atlantic. The Wings would move to the Eastern Conference replacing the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets who transferred to the Western Conference.
All of these changes would occur after this season. So write the commissioner and tell him what you think. The last time the league had a major change was 2000-2001 let’s all make this realignment correct for all teams.