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10-13-2011, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
Also, if the simple swap of detroit for winnipeg happens, how does that make any sense? Minneapolis/St Paul is more east that winnipeg, yet somehow winnipeg gets to be put in the central??? Makes no sense...
Geographically no, but the NHL is more concerned about having one American team in a division with 4 Canadian teams. They don't want to move Vancouver out of the NW because of their games against Calgary and Edmonton, so keeping Winnipeg out of the NW is their "best option".

I wish like hell they would just go to 4 divisions and let us have the Central, but all the new talk seems to be centered around keeping the 6 division alignment and adjusting 2-3 teams. Not sure what has happened between now and the interview Leipold had with him talking about the 7-team division we'd be in.

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