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12-06-2011, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Anton 22 View Post
So basically...

We play Carolina more often.

We play Winnipeg less often.

Our division is all within driving distance.

We only have 7 teams in the conference, and 4 make it in.

...safe to say the Flyers win this realignment?
Of all the teams in the NHL, I think its pretty clear that the Flyers lost the least in this arrangement. It's harder to say they "won"--I think the only clear winners are Winnipeg, Columbus, and Detroit, all of which had their travel schedules improve significantly--though that's probably true for everyone in the West.

The only concern is the playoff format. Ours is probably the toughest conference, with only the Islanders as a truly weak team (and how long will that be true with their young core?). Carolina is probably happy from a financial perspective, but its a dicey proposition for them too.

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