So for fun, since there is not going to be any Devils hockey for a week or two I was thinking about potential 21-22 realignment.
I saw the idea floated on the athletic for the NHL to go with the NFL/MLB style conference system where geography doesn't matter for the conference just the division.
Since the NHL will be hitting the magic number of 32 teams they could do 4 divisions per conference of 4 teams each similar to the NFL. In the playoffs each division winner will be the top 4 seeds with 4 wildcard teams occupying the bottom 4 seeds. The wildcard teams would be the top point earning teams who did not win their divisions. The top 4 and bottom 4 will each be arranged by points earned.
If you don't like mine feel free to post your own. I do think travel would end up being a bit more fair for the western teams then it is now in this format, plus things would be more interesting. As time has gone on I am less interested in geographic conferences.