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05-22-2011, 11:13 PM
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It's sort of a double standard to attribute the rivalries to the franchise and not the region, especially when there is such glaring evidence that teams nearest each other have the most intense rivalries. Minnesota's rivalries with the Hawks and the Red Wings are just as distant in the past as the Star's same rivalries - because they existed in Minnesota. Consider also that, for a team like the Blackhawks that suffered under the Wirtz ownership for so long, there has probably been a lot of recent turnover in the fan base. The Red Wings have gone from the Dead Things to a four-time Stanley Cup winner in that span, too. I just don't see how the "Stars" are really a bigger draw than a regional rival except for the excessively nostalgic.

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