In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that the NHL should look to some of it’s best players when considering the names for the new divisions that came about after realignment last season.
He thinks that the NHL should honor the four greatest players who ever played; Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux.
Matheson thinks that the division with the Oilers, Coyotes and Kings is perfect to be named for Gretzky, the former North East division which includes the Bruins would be named for Orr and the former Atlantic Division with the Rangers and Penguins would be named for Lemieux. While not ideal, he names the fourth division for Howe even though the Red Wings would be in the Orr division.
Gary Bettman has said that the NHL has decided on names for the divisions but wasn’t ready to release them yet.
The new division names are expected to be released by the NHL when the 2013-14 schedule comes out.