The NHL released the new names of the four divisions today and they are-Atlantic, Central, Pacific, and…METROPOLITAN.
I get the thought. Three of the teams in the Metropolitan Division play in the NYC Metropolitan area. Philadelphia and Washington are “Metropolises”. Charlotte, Columbus and Pittsburgh are certainly cities, but the name just doesn’t work with the other three. If you are going to use geographical names for the divisions, you need to do it for all of them.
The problem is, the NHL created a bit of a geography nightmare with their realignment. They took a bunch of teams from the Northeast and slapped them together with Detroit and two teams in Florida. So, Ottawa, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal, places where the Atlantic Ocean is only a rumor, are now part of the Atlantic Division.
And we are left with the awful Metropolitan Division. I don’t understand why they didn’t just go with the old names of Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe. Maybe its because nobody really knows the history behind those names? Fine, let’s update them to the Gretzky, Lemieux, Roy and Messier divisions, or something like that. Really anything would be better than what the NHL has come up with.