Does the NHL Really Need Divisions Any More?

March 5th, 2010 by Mike MacDonald Leave a reply »

The NHL has changed so much in the recent years.


A majority of the rules have been changed, some teams have changed logos, as well as jersey styles, and don't forget the equipment changes, too. The “composite stick,” the “trapezoid” and “lower or upper body injuries” have become the new common phrases.


Why not change the NHL Divisional alignment? Actually why not do away with divisions completely.




Since the NHL changed it's playoff format a number of years ago, the need for divisions seems rather unnecessary. Anytime we consult the NHL standings, we basically view them in terms of current potential playoff position by conference and rarely refer to their divisional standings.


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