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On the Prowl: Week of 5/19

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Expansion, trade requests, prospects, the search for a coach, and the troubles of Sid the Kid highlight this week's On the Prowl.

Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, may be open to expansion of the league.
Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, may be open to expansion of the league.
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When the NHL realigned, the Eastern Conference was left with 16 teams and the Western Conference with 14, prompting the obvious talks of adding two Western Conference teams to balance out playoff chances and fairness. This makes sense; though it didn't hurt the NHL this season, as the Western Conference was definitely the more talented conference, it is much harder for Eastern Conference teams to make the playoffs (from a purely statistical standpoint).  The NHL then, was bound to make an expansion move, and it appears they're already looking into it.

EXPANSION

PLAYOFFS

THE OFFSEASON AND THE COACHING CAROUSEL

PROSPECTS AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
BITS AND PIECES