Nhl Expansion?

Wolf

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If the NHL expands or doesn't expand, this what the future divisions could look like?

Eastern - Atlantic
Boston
Buffalo
Detroit
Florida
Montreal
Ottawa
Tampa Bay
Toronto
Toronto 2nd team

Eastern - Metropolitan
Carolina
Columbus
New Jersey
NY Islanders
NY Rangers
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Quebec
Washington

Western - Central
Chicago
Colorado
Dallas
Kansas City
Minnesota
Nashville
St. Louis
Winnipeg

Western - Pacific
Anaheim
Arizona
Calgary
Edmonton
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
San Jose
Seattle
Vancouver

I read rumors that Kansas City, Las Vegas, Quebec, Seattle and Toronto 2nd franchise, could land the possible expansions teams, that 5 cities and 4 teams. The Pacific would be crowded with 10 teams and somebody would have to move to the Central.
 

Wolf

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Las Vegas should have an outdoor game. The ice crew would be going out of their minds.
That would be funny to see, I'm waiting for one of those stadium series games come to Phoenix. Just imagine skating and in this weather, but I know they will probably not have one here.


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Andrew8468

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Canada, eh?
Sounds like only two proposals were received. One from Quebec City and one from Las Vegas. Nothing from Seattle or a potential second team in Toronto. If both are accepted, then there would be 17 Eastern teams and 15 Western.
 

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Building a new arena in Seattle just guarantees that that major earthquake will hit.
It will be like all of those disaster movies. Everyone is excited about the arena, big ribbon cutting ceremony, the mayor makes a speech, marching bands, everyone is happy, the first puck drops, then BOOM, a 9.6 earthquake happens. Meanwhile, the contractor that skimped on the welds for the roof trusses starts to panic.
 

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Sounds like only two proposals were received. One from Quebec City and one from Las Vegas. Nothing from Seattle or a potential second team in Toronto. If both are accepted, then there would be 17 Eastern teams and 15 Western.
If the NHL does expand to Las Vegas and Quebec City, there some talks that Quebec City might play in the Western Conference for a while, but geography wouldn't make any sense.

NHL expansion process faces some geographical challenges - CBSSports.com

Because the NHL doesn't want to move Detroit or Columbus to the western conference.