Expansion and Realignment? Part 1

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So here is Part 1 of my expansion and realignment plan for the NHL.  I was going through my twitter feed and saw one that said the NHL would best be served by a 36 team league. 

Whether we like it or not, the league will expand beyond its current format.  They have done it before, and in the sense of good business, if they think it will bring in more money; they will do it.  Goes back to the old saying “If you build it hey will come.”  Well that hasn’t been necessarily true in some markets, where they struggle to play to a few thousand fans. 

My expansion brings the teams to a total of 36, playing in three conferences, with three divisions each.  I have stuck with, for know the geographic monikers for the Conferences, and called my divisions 1,2, and 3 for simplicity.  I will expand these with more “hockey” favorable names – as the way it should be – in another part.  Here’s my break down:  (**Denotes an expansion franchise)

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