Thanks Riggs, you were dead on with your posts too.
I go to Islander games now and I look up at all those banners and see "Patrick Division Champions" and it feels like I am watching a different sport now. Those old school Conference and division names were super cool and unique. Unfortunately, they weren't to bettman. As you said, it was his very first attempt to make the NHL mirror the NBA.
The bottomline is there is a REAL problem with your sport when you import talent from ALL over the world and you still have a sh!tty product on the ice. How the heck can that be?