With currently having 9 teams in the league, and the way things are shaping up with the disparity of the records in the West vs. the East, I had one idea that I thought might be a better solution. (This would be keeping with a West vs. East Division set up rather than a straight up best records over-all make playoffs.... some people have been talking about eliminating the divisions)
Since Winnipeg is situated in the middle of the country and has always been the team to bounce back and forth between divisions to balance them out (when Ottawa folds) , why not continue to have Winnipeg a a floating team. Depending on the record that they have, which ever division gives them the best position in that division, then they would be in that division - could be east, could be west. All the other teams stay with in their respective West or East division. Also, continue to have the crossover if there is the unbalanced win loss ratio among the two divisions.
If playoffs where to happen today.
West: 1. Calgary 2. Saskatchewan 3. Edmonton
East : 1. Winnipeg 2. Toronto 3. BC (on the crossover)
If the East were better, but the West had teams below .500, this could be reversed, Winnipeg might be positioned in the West... Keep with the division rivalries, except Winnipeg they would be the team to play most all teams evenly vs. a mainly West or East divisional match-ups.
This might not make sense to some, but it seamed logical to me.
What do other fans in the league think?