I realize this topic comes up quite a lot, but what else I am supposed to be doing on the internets at 1am with one hand?
I would drop three teams from each conference:
east: islanders, panthers, thrashers
west: ducks, nasvhille, blue jackets
Additionally, the Coyotes would become the Winnipeg Jets.
Each division would therefore have 4 teams. Teams that have moved divisions have an *.
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
* Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
* Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
* Winnipeg Jets
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
* Colorado Avalanche
Detroit Red Wings
St Louis Blues
* Minnesota Wild
The new schedule would be 74 games, down 8 from the current 82, and would be broken up as follows:
18 = 6 games x 3 other teams in division
32 = 4 games x 8 teams in same conference
24 = 2 games x 12 teams in other conference
This would knock off the month of October from the schedule, thereby avoiding the World Series like the league has wanted to do for a while now.