Reimagined NHL Divisions?
Updated: Jan 7, 2021
The re-started 2019-2020 NHL season came to a close about a month ago when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final. Now, in regards to a new NHL season hopefully returning on January 1st, I have seen an idea about reshuffling teams into new ‘divisions’. On an Instagram page (from a reddit post, it seems), there is a proposed reconfiguration of the NHL into Northern (all teams from Canada), Western, Eastern, and Southern divisions (depicted in the image below).
Similarly, a NY Post article mentioned “an all-Canadian conference”, as well as three other conferences, in addition to some new rules the league would adopt ('A', 'B', and 'C' conferences + new rules shown below).
Overall, I don’t really have anything against changing the current ‘divisions’, especially if it means that the NHL can safely and effectively return for a ‘full’ season. Of course it seems evident that even with changes, there could still be a chance for COVID to negatively impact the success of the league. Ultimately, however, I bet as long as there is hockey being played this year in the NHL, fans across the sport will be happy.
So, what do you think? Would this possible changing of ‘divisions’ be beneficial to the league and the success of the season, or would it just be a waste of time and resources? Would something else work better?