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07-09-2011, 01:42 AM
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I stand corrected on Winnipeg. I really thought nationalism and traditional rivalries might trump travel/timezone concerns on that one. Glad to be wrong, as this would definitely be a boon to the Wild. Made for tv Heritage Classic up on Lake of the Woods. Draw center ice right down the US-Canadian border.

You couldn't hand pick a better division:

Winnipeg- border battle, glad to retain one Canadian market where hockey is #1
Chicago - old rival, worthwhile drive
St. Louis - old foe, downstream from the X
Dallas - our old team
Nashville - expansion cousin
Columbus(?) - sister team, future Big Ten Hockey foe

In a perfect world, it would probably be nice to have Detroit and Columbus (or Colorado) in and Nashville out, but that's nitpicking. Besides, no Detroit leaves one less storied franchise around to bogart the division title every year.

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