|(Credit: Texas Stars)|
The Colorado Eagles will be affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche starting next season. That will end the short-lived saga of the St. Louis Blues multiple assignment homes for their AHL players.
Texas plays in the Pacific Division this year and now the question exists of whether they will still play there next season. Further, the question also should be asked of how many games the Eagles will play in the AHL.
If you assume Colorado plays only 68 games as their fellow newcomers to the league have done, then you can start to see the argument for a Pacific Division that consists only of teams playing 68 games. That division would be comprised of seven teams:
- San Diego
- San Jose
Well, for better or worse, the Stars are a package deal with the Rampage. Unless Colorado gets added to the Central Division (balancing at eight each), there will be a division with nine teams.
OK, maybe that doesn't make sense. Ideally, we'd be looking at 8-8-8-7 alignment. The Central Division is pretty tightly clustered aside from Manitoba and Cleveland. Here's my proposal.
Atlantic Division (8 teams, no changes)
North Division (8 teams, adding Cleveland)
Central Division (8 teams, adding Texas and San Antonio)
Pacific Division (7 teams, only playing 68 games; add Colorado)
What do you think?