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Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:41 am
 

By Brian Stubits

It's been a while since our last realignment update. When last we left you, the Flyers and Penguins were sharing their displeasure with any proposal that had them in separate divisions/conferences.

All along, the reports have said the NHL was looking to do as little as possible in regards to moving teams. In a perfect world for the powers that be, the Jets would be moved into the Central, perhaps the Blue Jackets go in the Southeast and you call it a day.

But life isn't that simple. There is the pressure of the Red Wings to move East. There is also the looming uncertainty of the Coyotes in Phoenix and whether they might move to, say, Quebec City.

Throw all of the above angles into a crockpot with the other spices affecting the situation added in and you have "total realignment" cooking, according to Flyers chairman Ed Snider.

“There has to be,” Snider told Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly about total realignment. “But our traditional rivalries will always be with us no matter how it is realigned. I’m pretty confident of that.”

Perhaps the reason for his confidence in that is his belief that the Pennsylvania teams will remain together, something which the proposal that was reportedly gaining steam did not feature.

“We’ll be together without question, if under a four conference set-up,” Snider predicted of the Flyers and Penguins. “We will have all our traditional rivals and some others in a four-conference setup.”

The question begs: what is total realignment? Could that be a situation where conferences aren't divided by east and west but instead split seemingly at random like the NFL and MLB? Does it mean a return to the four-conference format, as Snider alludes to? Does it mean Florida is joining the Northwest Division?

I think about the only thing we can safely assume is that "total realignment" would include the abolition of the six-division format currently in use. I wouldn't rule anything else out at this point (OK, I guess I'd rule out that Florida-to-Northwest, too).

If I had to put money down I'd expect to see the four-conference format that we used to enjoy, and not just because Snider hinted at it. I think it could give the league the most flexibility in the case of a Phoenix move to the East.

The idea has been discussed already of having unbalanced conferences a la Major League Baseball (although it looks like that won't remain as the Houston Astros are reportedly moving to the American League). Assuming that enough franchises would be happy with that idea, the realignment starts with 15 teams per conference and then they could easily flip to the unbalanced, 16/14 look with simply switching the Coyotes franchise to the East after their hypothetical move. If they stay, then you keep balanced conferences.

When this is all said and done, I can't imagine everybody will be happy. But such is life, the teams with the most clout -- Philadelphia and Pittsburgh each fall into this category -- are much more likely to get their way.

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Comments

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

Any scenario that splits up the two NY teams is absolutley absurd!!!!  Splitting up the PA teams isn't so bad considering their respective proximities to one another.  It's simple...Atlantic division:  Bos, NYR, NYI, NJ, Phi     Northeast division: Ott, Tor, Mtl, Pitt, Buff  Southeast division: Car, TB, Was, Nash, Fla    Western Conf -  Central Division: Chi, Stl, Det, CBJ, Min    Pacific Division: LAK, SJ, Pho, Ana, Dal  Northwest Division: Edm, Cal, Col, Van, Win.

Simple...all division teams are close geographically thus making travel easier for those numerous division games on the schedule.  In the event of a Pho move to Que, that team moves to the NE division and we have unbalanced conferences like MLB.  This sin't brain surgery...any other mixing it up like the NFL is simply stupid!!!!



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

Islanders might be moving in the next couple of years



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

I thought Detriot was moving to East



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

You can't split Boston from Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the Rangers and Islanders or Philly and Pittsburgh. Horrible plan.



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment


Columbus
Buffalo
Montreal
Toronto
Pittsburgh

NY Team
NJ
Philly
Boston
Ottawa

Winnipeg
Calgary
Edmonton
Minesota
Vancouver



Chicago
Dallas
Detroit
St. Louis
Nashville

Anaheim
Colorado
LAK
Phoenix
San Jose


Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington
NY Team




Make it so the NY teams & PA are in 2 seperate leagues. This way you could have something like a subway series for Yankees and Mets or Chicago classic for Sox & Cubs. Treat it more like a baseball schedule without the interleague play. Fewer AL vs NL style games, but not many and play maybe 2 games same city



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

Why are people trying to move Nashville to the Southeast? If we're only moving one team, it has to be Columbus. The Blue Jackets are on Eastern time, the Predators are on Central time. Nashville to the East over Columbus and Detroit makes zero sense.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

Wow...sorry DBowman...should have looked at YOUR list!  I guess I second yours.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

You would think a writer for CBS Sports would know why the MLB leagues and NFL conferences are split up the way they are, but I guess that's just too much to ask for these days.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Re-alignment

The only regret is not having Washington in the Patrick again...but:

Wales Conference
Adams Division
Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

Patrick Division
NYR
NYI
NJ
Philly
Pittsburgh

(Dan) Snyder Division
Carolina
Florida
Nashville
Tampa Bay
Washington

Campbell Divison
Norris Division
Chicago
Columbus
Dallas
Detroit
St. Louis

Smyth Division
Calgary
Edmonton
Minesota
Vancouver
Winnipeg

(Luc) Robitaille Division
Anaheim
Colorado
LAK
Phoenix
San Jose


 









Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Flyers chairman Snider expects total realignment

the reason that MLB and the NFL are set seemingly "at random", as opposed to the NHL and NBA is because two separate leagues are brought together under the banner of MLB (American and National Leagues) and the NFL (American Football League and National Football League)...the closest the NHL and NBA came to leagues merging into them was accepting a handful of teams from the WHA and the ABA in the 70's...

and im also with DBowman--bring back the old conference and division names (with the Flyers in the Wales/Patrick)...


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