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So, if Winnipeg wants a team so badly...

...then give 'em an expansion franchise.

Quebec, too.

Western Conference

Dionne Division

Howe Division

Norris Division

Gretzky Division

Anaheim

Columbus

Chicago

Calgary

Colorado

Dallas

Minnesota

Edmonton

Phoenix

Detroit

St. Louis

San Jose

Los Angeles

Nashville

Winnipeg

Vancouver

Eastern Conference

Richard Division

Smythe Division

Adams Division

Patrick Division

Boston

Philadelphia

Atlanta

Buffalo

Montreal

Pittsburgh

Carolina

New Jersey

Ottawa

Washington

Florida

NY Islanders

Quebec

Toronto

Tampa Bay

NY Rangers

Schedule (80 games) would be as follows (roughly similar to how NFL handles interconference play):

48 games in division (16 each; 8 H, 8 A)

24 games in conference (2 each, 1 H, 1 A)

8 games with other conference (All in one division; rotate each year so that fans get to see every team once every four years. 2 each; 1 H, 1 A)

Interconference play could be scheduled within two separate two-week windows at the start and end of the season (similar to MLB), or else could be spread out over the entire season so that the featured TV games could always be an interconference matchup.  

Also, regarding TV:  Every team gets an equal share of the league's TV revenue, so every team gets at least one appearance on a national broadcast.  And by "national," I mean NATIONAL, as in NBC Game Of The Week.  No Versus in-market blackouts.  Blackout only applies if at least 90% of seats are not sold within 72 hours of puck drop.

If NBC is only broadcasting 16 Games Of The Week, on Sunday (every Sunday from Christmas through April), then every team can be scheduled for an appearance on those games.

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