Morning Free Association: New, Temporary Divisions

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Ugh, my “n” key keeps sticking making writing just about any word difficult. I generally love my MacBook Pro, even if it is counter intuitive in some ways, because it generally works well. Well, except for the rare instances in which a key sticks and it takes a while to get it to unstick. Once, it took 6 months for the “g” to right itself and it just wouldn’t type out a letter at all. At least right now, if I really push down on it, it will type a letter.

This is great but what does it have to do with the Boston Bruins, the NHL, and this concept of temporary divisions?

nothing

On ESPN+, Greg Wyshynski takes a stab at some of the concerns for the upcoming season. One of the issues he discusses is the divisional format that is being considered due to border issues and cutting travel time and expenses. In his article, he cites information of a divisional format that he got from some league sources.

Let’s start with what’s established, or close to established:

The All-Canadian division is a near certainty, thanks to border issues that are not going to clear up any time soon. A regionally based divisional format is also likely to cut down on travel costs.

One current divisional concept that I’ve heard from a few sources:

Canada: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets

East: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals

Central: Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning

West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights

My first thoughts on seeing these alignments: woo hoo! That East division looks like it could be a fun thing without Tampa Bay. The Capitals, Flyers, and Carolina will still be tough to play and win against but the B’s could top the division pretty easily. It won’t be as much fun without their main rivals (Canadiens, Maple Leafs) but what can you do? Maybe the time apart will be meaningful with Toronto believing that one day they will win a playoff series in the first round.

Then, Wysh starts to play around with the teams based upon a proposed 5 divisions, just one shy of the usual 6.

Canada: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets

Northeast: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers

Southeast: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals

Central: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues

West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights

Honestly, this breakdown looks good, too. I like having Philly in there not only for the chance to see our lord and saviour

Gritty

but because Philly always plays well against the Bruins. The more rivalry, the better!

His plan for the playoffs basically splits everything between East and West with one difference: 1-16, the best teams out East and out West, including the Canadian teams, with the caveat of the border issue being resolved by then.

So what do you think about the divisions? Do you like the proposed 4 divisions or 5?

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Got a pallet of pellet stove fuel being dropped off. The pallet itself doesn’t have the cutouts for the fork truck, so the driver isn’t able to safely get the damn thing off of his flatbed. It’s painful to watch. But there is no chance that I’ll be able to move a 1 ton load

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As I was typing that, the guy got his fork truck up the driveway. Which is good – it was a different guy than usual. I’ve actually got my own non-motorized pallet jack, but with even a slight slope, I can’t move a 2000-lb pallet anymore. With the slopes we need to deal with, I couldn’t safely move it even with GH’s help.

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You need a winch!

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Propane guy showed up. Apparently tried to come over the mountain rather than around it yesterday. After he went home and changed his undies, he started drinking heavily

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Morning all. No dreams about dating celebrity sons last night.

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Good Morning!!
I like the idea of the Flyers in the same division as the Bs. There is more than a little history and that familiarity thing – YES! The new look Rags might be interesting, too. I think i like the five division look. I guess wild cards would be added to the division winners. The Caps would add another dimension to the megalopolis division, but one i don’t care to see.
Propane guy to make another attempt to conquer the wilds of NW Mass and bring me propane. All i got was gas yesterday.

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A year away from the Leasts and the Habnots will make those games even juicier next season.

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Propane guy is probably having issues with the local wildlife

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“The last time I came out here, the guy had a fucking cow in his basement!
Time before that there was a freaking bear in the garage – WHY DO I EVEN COME OUT HERE?”

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Speaking of bears, a few months ago a bear got into my friend’s condo and pooped in the living room.

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We think it was in retaliation for locking the dumpster.

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I thought a bear shits in the woods….\_0_/

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Morning all,

Shame to not be able to play the Habs or Laffs, but it’s only for one year.

Think I prefer the five-division system. I’m assuming most, if not all games will be within the div? Have a smaller division, more games against the same teams and maybe some new rivalries will emerge. Familiarity breeds contempt!

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It seems like the two Florida teams are always stuck in division with teams bordering Canada. Ideally, one would not want them in a division with teams north of the Mason-Dixon line or west of the Rockies. (Though air-travel times on the east coast are pretty reasonable) Maybe the solution is to solve for them first, rather than starting with Boston & New York.

In the 5 division format:
Canada: 7 Canadian teams

Southeast: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars,

Megalopolis (Seems weird calling them “northeast” when Canada is a thing): Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers

Central: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild,
Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins

West: Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights

(I don’t have a good 4-division alignment with Canada isolated.)

The Penguins rivalries with Caps & Flyers are busted up, but Pens vs Blues & Blackhawks could be cool. Florida/Tampa basically keep to the old confederacy.