Just as soon as I saw this article I started pondering what new divisions will be like. I'll leave the "Rosterbation" up to the experts. I have a much better chance of getting this right then predicting a Canucks line-up. So...here we go!
The article states that the new league will feature four divisions. Two with eight teams, and two with seven. I'm guessing they want to keep 15 teams in a conference, and not have one with 16 and one with 14.
First off, what I would like to see the for Vancouver. Primarily, I want to see the Canadian rivalries stay in tact. Winnipeg is a newcomer, and I'd like them as well. I'm sure the Jets want that to, as playing the Alberta teams especially will help (just figuring shorter travel for fans in the winter)
So, in this division we already have four teams: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. I could also see throwing in the Californian teams since they have to be in somebody's division and having the other Pacific Time Zone teams in our division doesn't hurt. Adding The Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks brings us to 7. I'll also throw in Minnesota too. I think they could form a good rivalry with Winnipeg.
So, our division looks like this: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose.
So, sorry Colorado, we'll have to sever ties with you. Phoenix might miss its former Pacific division brethren. But, they'll still have Dallas. Should be better travel for them. Included in that mix, we'll put St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus, and Nashville. That makes for seven in that division.
Detroit, which has been clamoring to go East gets their wish. I'd put them in with Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and the New Jersey Devils. That's a division of eight that does a few things. One, it has a bunch of old school rivalries with five of the Original Six teams in it (you're welcome, NBC). It keeps the Canadian teams together (you're welcome, CBC), and it keeps the Rangers, Islanders, and Devils together (you're welcome...uh....Sopprano's fans?)
The remaining seven teams then would be Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania in-state rivalry), Buffalo, Washington, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida, which keeps some "old" south-east division rivalries in tact. Buffalo might be the odd-man out here, but they have decent travel to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Plus, someone won't like where they end up, and the NHL has a habit of messing with the Sabers, so....there we go. Its payback for the Buffalo Slug.
What are your thoughts on the divisions? What do you want to see happen?