Grant expansion franchises to Seattle and Kansas City.
Northeast Division: Buffalo, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto.
Southeast Division: Carolina, Florida, Nashville and Tampa Bay.
Capital Division: Columbus, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Washington.
Central Division: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Saint Louis.
Southwest Division: Colorado, Dallas, Kansas City and Pheonix.
Northwest Division: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
Pacific Division: Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Seattle.
Reduce regular season schedule to 66 games.
3 home + 3 road vs. each team in same division = 18.
1 home + 1 road vs. each team in other divisions of same conference = 24.
1 home + 1 road vs. half the teams-alternated per season-in other conference = 16.
1 home or road-alternated per season-vs. other half of teams in other conference = 8.
Keep 16 team playoff format.
4 division winners-seeds 1 thru 4-play top 4 wild cards-seeds 5 thu 8-in each conference.
Best 3 of 5(2-3)in all playoff series until Stanley Cup Finals, then best 4 of 7(2-3-3).
Stanley Cup Finals always completed by Memorial day.
Adopt new points system:
Regulation win = 5 points.
Overtime win = 4 points.
Shootout Win = 3 points.
Shootout loss = 2 points.
Overtime loss = 1 point.
Regulation loss = 0 points.