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The best realignment plan ever: eliminate conferences altogether.

Grant expansion franchises to Kansas City and Seattle.

Relocate Coyotes from Pheonix to Quebec City.

Realign into 8 divisions of 4 teams each:

Atlantic - Boston, New Jersey, New York Islanders and Rangers.

Northeast - Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec and Toronto.

Southeast - Carolina, Florida, Nashville and Tampa Bay.

Metro - Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.

Central - Chicago, Columbus, Detroit and Minnesota.

Southwest - Colorado, Dallas, Kansas City and Saint Louis.

Northwest - Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Pacific - Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Seattle.

Each team plays a 74 game regular season:

3 Home and 3 road games vs. 3 division rivals = 18 games.

1 home and 1 road game vs. 28 other opponents = 56 games.

The regular season begins in September and ends in March, while the Stanley Cup Finals never extends beyond Memorial Day.

Division winners are seeded 1 thru 8, while 8 wild cards are seeded 9 thru 16, regardless of division, meaning that all 4 teams from 2 divisions could qualify, while only 1 team from 5 other divisions qualify. It also means that the Blackhawks and Red Wings, or any other 2 teams for that matter, could meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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