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Re-alignment: The Network TV Plan

I was daydreaming this afternoon, while sitting in a long meeting that had nothing to do with me, and started thinking about what realignment would look like if the Networks had a major say in it. I think they would break it up into 2 conferences, with 2 divisions in each. The schedule would be set so that teams would play each division opponent at least 7 times, and opponents in the other division in their conference at least 4 times. They would then play a maximum of 12 games against teams in the other conference. The top 8 teams in each conference make the 16 team playoff tournament, and are seeded 1-16 to increase the odds that Philadelphia, NYR, Boston and Pittsburgh all make the semi-finals.

CONFERENCE 1: "TEAMS WE LOVE TO TELEVISE"

NBC DIVISION

New York Rangers

Philadelphia Flyers

Boston Bruins

Washington Capitals

Detroit Red Wings

Chicago Blackhawks

Pittsburgh Penguins

CBC DIVISION

Toronto Maple Leafs

Ottawa Senators

Montreal Canadiens

Winnipeg Jets

Edmonton Oilers

Calgary Flames

Vancouver Canucks

CONFERENCE 2: "TEAMS WE ONLY TELEVISE WHEN PLAYING THE OTHER CONFERENCE"

SOMEWHAT TRADITIONAL MARKETS DIVISION

St. Louis Blues

Buffalo Sabres

New York Islanders

New Jersey Devils

Minnesota Wild

San Jose Sharks

Carolina Hurricanes (Flip with Anaheim when Staal is traded)

Los Angeles Kings

AVOID AT ALL COSTS DIVISION

Florida Panthers

Tampa Bay Lightning

Phoenix Coyotes

Columbus Blue Jackets

Nashville Predators

Dallas Stars

Anaheim Ducks

Colorado Avalanche

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