MONTREAL QC - SEPTEMBER 27: Erik Gudbranson #44 of the Florida Panthers fights with Travis Moen #32 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 27 2010 in Montreal Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Panthers 6-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Hockey Night in Canada's Hot Stove just ran a discussion on a revamped four division plan for realignment. The four division plan proposal would replace the Eastern and Western Conference format and return to the four division format used in the 1980s. Each team would play a home and home against all teams in the other divisions (46 games) and the remaining games (36 games) would be played in the division. The first two rounds of the playoffs would be played in the division and be reseeded for the semifinals when the division champions would play each other. A previous version of the plan had the Eastern Conference split into two divisions: one that contained the Southeast Division minus Winnipeg and the Atlantic Division minus Pittsburgh and Carolina and the other contained the remaining teams. The Penguins and Flyers weren't happy about being split up, so the plan was revised. More after the jump...
The current proposal is as follows:
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Note: I originally had Colorado and Dallas reversed.
What do you think of the newest plan for NHL realignment?
Great! As long as we're in the same division as Tampa, it doesn't matter. (1175 votes)
Awful! More games against the Leafs and Canadiens. (71 votes)
Neutral. At least we'll get to see every team every season. (58 votes)
1304 total votes