Board of Governors Meet in Pebble Beach

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 4:15 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
X
Share with your Friends


The Daily Chomp
Board of Governors Meet in Pebble Beach

The NHL Board of Governors met in Pebble Beach, California on Monday to discuss, among many other things, the topic of division and conference realignment.

**UPDATE at 6:12 PM Pacific** TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger both reporting that the NHL's Board of Governors have approved a new four-"conference" realignment of the NHL.

With all of the speculation surrounding the NHL’s Board of Governors meetings just down the road in Pebble Beach on Monday, I asked Sharks broadcasters Randy Hahn, Jamie Baker and Dan Rusanowsky to summarize their thoughts on the potential realignment plans.

In case you missed all of the coverage on the topic, there seems to be two schools of thought: the first is a simple one-for-one swap where the Winnipeg Jets switch with either the Columbus Blue Jackets or the Detroit Red Wings, and the second, a more complicated four-division proposal that could have a significant impact League-wide.

Randy Hahn’s view:

I have two main thoughts on the whole realignment issue:

1. A completely interlocking schedule. It's time we got back to a schedule that has every team playing every other team in the League at least once, both home and away. It cheats the fans that they only get to see some of the Eastern Conference teams and their stars once every two years. You build interest in all of the teams and all of the players by exposing them to your fans on a regular basis.

2. If you are on the Pacific Coast you should be in the Pacific Division (Vancouver, LA, SJ, Anaheim), and if you are in an Eastern Time Zone you should be in the Eastern Conference (Detroit, Columbus).

Jamie Baker’s view:

I like Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford's idea of 20 teams making the playoffs with a short best-of-three series of the bottom eight teams to determine who makes the final 16. Then re-slot all 16 teams based on points. This won't pass, but I think it's the best for fans that aren't concerned with additional travel.

My second preference is the four-“conference” proposal on the table.

I definitely want Sharks fans to see every team every year; so cool to have all of the Original Six teams visit HP Pavilion every year with some of the top young stars in the game.

Dan Rusanowsky’s view:

My immediate thoughts, Columbus goes to Eastern Conference, Winnipeg to Western Conference. Detroit stays in West with Chicago (Original Six teams). Keeping it simple, here is realignment simplified to current six-division, two-conference format:

Western Conference: 15 teams, 3 Divisions
Colorado to Pacific, Winnipeg to Northwest and Dallas to Central

Eastern Conference: 15 teams, 3 Divisions
Columbus to Southeast, Detroit stays in Western Conference

Play all teams in your own division 4+4=8 games each for a total of 32 divisional games. Play all other teams 1+1=2 for a total of 50 games outside of division. Do your best to keep all games after All-Star or Olympic break within the team’s time zone. At a minimum ensure inter-conference games done by break.

Playoffs: Top eight teams in each conference qualify with current tiebreakers. Division champions get home ice in each of first two rounds. No brackets. Same system as it is now to reward regular season success and encourage competition.

Then, re-seed for Round 3 like the old Original Six days. 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3 for the right to go to the Final. 1 vs. 3 and 2 vs. 4 is an interesting alternative (they did that at one time).

Lastly, retire Prince of Wales Trophy/Campbell Bowl to Hall of Fame (better) or give them to regular season conference champions (acceptable).

All Eyes on 17-Mile Drive


 
Where do you come out on this topic? Send us an email, login to Facebook, send us an at tweet.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
Image Map