The NHL and NHLPA are close to making a deal for the realignment.
The four divisions will look like this:
The East will have the Atlantic and Central divisions.
The West will have the Mid-West and Pacific divisions.
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Some parts of the divisions bother me. One, the teams in Florida should not be in the same division as the teams up in New England and Canada. They should be in the Atlantic division. Maybe move the two New York teams to the Central division. I think Detroit and Columbus need to stay in the Western Conference, and instead move Nashville to the East. This would keep the conferences at an even 15-15, instead of 16-14.
To go along they have had to figure out how the playoffs will work. The first proposal, which I did not like at all, consisted of the division winners playing a wild card team in the same division, making it a 8 team postseason. The NHLPA did not approve of this plan. The new proposal is okay with me. It keeps the playoffs at a 16 team competition, where the first three teams in each division make the playoffs, and the two with the best records out of the rest of the conference will fill the last two spots. The only problem to me goes back to 16 teams in one conference, and 14 in the other. It doesn’t seem quite fair that, in one conference, there is a 50% chance of making the playoffs, while in the other there is a 57% chance in making them.