The four-division NHL
It has been rumoured that the NHL could go back to four divisions (not for this season, but in the future), something that I think sounds like a great idea. So, just for fun, here are my and Cousin BJ's four divisions:
Patrick Division. Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Washington
Adams Division. Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto
Norris Division. Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis
Smythe Division. Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver
The difficult thing is who to lump in with the East Coast's southern markets. Putting in the New York teams at least guarantees there is some semblance of tradition, even though this may perhaps give short shrift to the Rangers as an Original Six team. If you've got a better solution, fill me in.
It's interesting to note that in 1989-90, only 18 of the 30 current NHL cities had teams. A lot changes in 15 years.