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NHL Division Realignment - 4 Divisions

Created by: tstrauss16
Initial Creation Date: Nov. 30, 2022
Published: Nov. 30, 2022
Team: 2023-24 Custom Team
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4 Divisions per Conference

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Northeast (RW) - BOS, MTL, OTT, TOR
Metropolitan (G) - BUF, NJD, NYI, NYR
Mid-Atlantic (RD) - CBJ, PHI, PIT, WSH
Southeast (LTIR) - CAR, FLA, NSH, TBL

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Northwest (LW) - CGY, EDM, SEA, VAN
Central (C) - CHI, DET, MIN, WPG
Pacific (Scratched) - ANA, LAK, SJS, VGK
Southwest (IR) - ARI, COL, DAL, STL

82 GAME SEASON
EC vs WC - 2 games x 16 teams = 32 total games
Conference Play - 3 games x 12 teams = 36 total games
Division Play - 4 games x 3 teams = 12 total games
*Division Rival Games - 2 games x 1 team = 2 total games

*NOTE: Rivalry games played on last weekend of season

PLAYOFFS
Seeds 1-4: Division Winners
Seeds 5-8: Wild Cards
1st Round: 1 vs 8 | 2 vs 7 | 3 vs 6 | 4 vs 5
2nd Round: *Teams Reseeded - 1 vs 4 | 2 vs 3
Conference Finals: Traditional Format
Stanley Cup Finals: Traditional Format

*NOTE: Teams are reseeded after each round
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
24$83,500,000$83,468,000$0$1,840,000$32,000
Left WingCentreRight Wing
Logo of the Calgary Flames
Dubé, Dillon
$2,300,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
Logo of the Chicago Blackhawks
Guttman, Cole
$950,000
C
RFA - 1
Logo of the Boston Bruins
DeBrusk, Jake
$4,000,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
Logo of the Edmonton Oilers
Hyman, Zach
$5,500,000
RW, LW
NMC
UFA - 5
Logo of the Detroit Red Wings
Rasmussen, Michael
$1,460,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
Logo of the Montreal Canadiens
Anderson, Josh
$5,500,000
RW, LW
M-NTC
UFA - 4
Logo of the Seattle Kraken
McCann, Jared
$5,000,000
LW, C
M-NTC
UFA - 4
Logo of the Minnesota Wild
Rossi, Marco
$863,333
C
RFA - 2
Logo of the Ottawa Senators
Giroux, Claude
$6,500,000
RW, C
NMC
UFA - 2
Logo of the Vancouver Canucks
Podkolzin, Vasily
$925,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
Logo of the Winnipeg Jets
Scheifele, Mark
$6,125,000
C
M-NTC
UFA - 1
Logo of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Marner, Mitchell
$10,903,000
RW
NMC
UFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
Boqvist, Adam
$2,600,000
RD
RFA - 2
Logo of the Buffalo Sabres
Comrie, Eric
$1,800,000
G
UFA - 1
Logo of the Philadelphia Flyers
Deangelo, Anthony
$5,000,000
RD
UFA - 1
Logo of the New Jersey Devils
Vanecek, Vitek
$3,400,000
G
UFA - 2
Logo of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Ruhwedel, Chad
$800,000
RD
UFA - 1
Logo of the New York Islanders
Sorokin, Ilya
$4,000,000
G
UFA - 1
Logo of the Washington Capitals
Iorio, Vincent
$845,000
RD
RFA - 2
Logo of the New York Rangers
Shesterkin, Igor
$5,666,667
G
M-NTC
UFA - 2
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
Logo of the Anaheim Ducks
Jones, Max
$1,295,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
Logo of the Arizona Coyotes
O'Brien, Liam
$775,000
LW
UFA - 1
Logo of the Carolina Hurricanes
Aho, Sebastian
$8,460,250
C, LW
UFA - 1
Logo of the Los Angeles Kings
Walker, Sean
$2,650,000
RD
UFA - 1
Logo of the Colorado Avalanche
O'Connor, Logan
$1,050,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
Logo of the Florida Panthers
Barkov, Aleksander
$10,000,000
C
NMC
UFA - 7
Logo of the San Jose Sharks
Megna, Jaycob
$762,500
LD
UFA - 1
Logo of the Dallas Stars
Wedgewood, Scott
$1,000,000
G
UFA - 1
Logo of the Nashville Predators
Forsberg, Filip
$8,500,000
LW
NMC
UFA - 7
Logo of the Vegas Golden Knights
Chayka, Daniil
$847,500
LD
RFA - 2
Logo of the St. Louis Blues
Bortuzzo, Robert
$950,000
RD
UFA - 1
Logo of the Tampa Bay Lightning
Point, Brayden
$9,500,000
C, RW
NMC
UFA - 7

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Nov. 30, 2022 at 1:54 p.m.
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Nice effort! I like this idea. I especially like the division rival final weekend concept. I might flip flop Boston and Buffalo, but otherwise the division set ups are solid.
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 1:55 p.m.
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If not this, I would be supportive of something similar. Give each team and their fan bases a chance to see other teams, break up the same teams fighting it out in the first round while potentially creating new rivalries.

One potentially negative aspect would be if you had a division that imploded, and had a division winner who either shouldn’t be in the playoffs, or gets in by default. Unlikely, but greater risk with only 4 teams.
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 1:56 p.m.
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I think the biggest obstacle would be getting DET to agree to going back to the Western Conference. BOS might not be happy about being the only US team in an otherwise Canadian division, despite having a couple of their all-time biggest rivals there.

I really like this set up though. That Southeast division especially. There's tremendous potential for a great regional rivalry there, but the NHL has never done anything to encourage it.
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:08 p.m.
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Quoting: Hawksguy81
Nice effort! I like this idea. I especially like the division rival final weekend concept. I might flip flop Boston and Buffalo, but otherwise the division set ups are solid.


I figured MTL and BOS plus TOR was a big deal. But agree that you can put BUF in because TOR
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:09 p.m.
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Quoting: CoachCoach
If not this, I would be supportive of something similar. Give each team and their fan bases a chance to see other teams, break up the same teams fighting it out in the first round while potentially creating new rivalries.

One potentially negative aspect would be if you had a division that imploded, and had a division winner who either shouldn’t be in the playoffs, or gets in by default. Unlikely, but greater risk with only 4 teams.


Yeah always a risk there too but figured most of the divisions were pretty stout with how I aligned them.
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:10 p.m.
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Quoting: gmgb
I think the biggest obstacle would be getting DET to agree to going back to the Western Conference. BOS might not be happy about being the only US team in an otherwise Canadian division, despite having a couple of their all-time biggest rivals there.

I really like this set up though. That Southeast division especially. There's tremendous potential for a great regional rivalry there, but the NHL has never done anything to encourage it.


I live in the South now so I’d love to see more effort put on for teams in the new area I live in
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:39 p.m.
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Love this idea, great post!
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Nov. 30, 2022 at 9:03 p.m.
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Love this idea, great post!


I thought it would help establish more diversity of playoff matchups
 
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