When the IHL first began talking with the Central Hockey League, it thought it would have six teams and the potential to remain its own division. The unexpected demise of Flint probably means the IHL-CHL will split into two conferences.
My guess: A northern conference of Colorado, Rapid City, Missouri, Wichita, Quad City, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Evansville and Dayton, then a southern conference of Arizona, Odessa, Laredo, Rio Grande Valley, Tulsa, Texas, Allen, Bossier-Shreveport and Mississippi.
How many would make the playoffs? Say six from each conference.
Just a guess.