For no reason.
Drop Dallas, nobody wants them around, Add Vancouver to give the Sharks an actual rival. Plus, no more 4 or 5 p.m. start times in Dallas, Huzzah. Four of these teams had 100+ points last year, and the other got lost at a Dunkin' Doughnuts.
2. Los Angeles
4. San Jose
Puts everyone in the same-ish time zone, which has been the Stars' biggest complaint for a while. I know this essentially hands the Hawks the division for the next couple of years, but once Toews and Kane are off elc's that it's a toss up.
5. St. Louis
Atlanta is the farthest west of all the teams I considered moving, all these teams travel a lot anyway, so it's not a big deal. With the level these teams are at I see it working out.
Detroit, Toronto, and Buffalo are all fairly close together, this works well. Boston and Montreal have a traditional rivalry, as do Toronto and Montreal. Three of these teams are the top three historical cup winners, so that gives NBC a reason to stop showing Penguins games.
Keep the two NY and Pennsylvania teams together. Make Ottawa play the Pens 6x a year, those games are entertaining.
1. New York
2. New York
Offensively heavy Washington vs. Defensively minded New Jersey six times a season? Yes please. Carolina has a fierce (though spastic) rivalry with the Caps, the two Florida teams can suck each other off, whatever.
3. New Jersey
4. Tampa Bay