Realigned!!! [3/7 update: CHI - COL - DAL - MIN - NSH - STL - WPG; NHLPA approves]
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05-21-2011, 09:01 AM
All Hail the FBJ!
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Farmington, MN
on the situation...
The new Winnipeg team moves to the Northwest. The Columbus Blue Jackets slide into Atlanta's old spot in the Southeast. And the Wild replace Columbus in the Central.
At first glance, it appears as if Nashville is the Central Division team best suited to move to the Southeast. But unlike Nashville, Columbus is in the Eastern Time Zone, the same as the other Southeast teams. That's a big deal in terms of TV schedules and travel.
Of course, everything is subject to change. But this particular scenario makes so much sense that, according to a couple of people with knowledge of the situation, even the league sees it.
If everything does fall into place, the team that will squawk the loudest will be the Dallas Stars, who have been lobbying for years to move to the Central. Playing their road games primarily along the U.S. West Coast, the Stars' travel is almost as lousy as the Wild's. But the word is they are out of the picture. No other team either wants or is suited to move to the Pacific.
I guess what I'd say is: Geez, tough cookies. But enjoy the team. And Norm Green STILL sucks.
Certainly nothing definite will be forthcoming until after the playoffs. The NHL sort of embargoes league news until after the Stanley Cup Finals. The idea is not to distract from the league's showcase event.
Hey, everybody has waited a decade for this. If, in fact, it is going to happen, another few weeks won't make much difference.
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