A number of things will affect Seattle if or when they get an NHL team.
How any league is set up will play directly into how the playoffs are set up - and playoffs are what a sport is all about. So here's how the NHL does it.
The NHL Board of Governors voted to realign the conferences in the NHL last week, but there was a peculiarity to their official scenario - the teams in Florida state were cut off from the rest of their conference. So the Raw Charge Question of the Week is, what do you think about the Tampa Bay Lightning and the 2012 NHL realignment scenario?