A few months ago, a friend and I were discussing the proposed realignment and, of course, the fact that the NHL is too big now. I proposed that we merge four mediocre-market teams into one big franchise. We could combine the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. Today, with graphical help from an artist at work, I'm proud to introduce you all to my realignment solution... the Southern Weathercats!
(NB: I did not make this graphic. I simply asked someone at work, who has any skill at all, to make it for me.)