If Re-Alignment Had Been Approved...
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06-25-2012, 07:14 PM
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Which is why when realignment happens I hope Dallas is in the SE. Forget time zones and compare team's ability to spend. Detroit, Chicago and even St. Louis and Winnipeg are going to spend so let's compete against the more financially challenged teams instead.
On the other hand, being in a big boy division would force more dramatic moves. You can't just sit back and hope you can OTL your way to playoffs with a hot goalie run and some heroics by Benn. Maybe some more aggressive trades, since it opens up 25% more teams to trade with that are in the "West" but not a playoff hurdle. At the very least epic failure would guarantee some top draft picks, instead of swirling around the middle of the pack getting moderate prospects instead of elite.
There's a few reasons I love realignment, and that part about opening up new trade partners is pretty big. Plus it forcing the middle of the road teams in tough divisions to make moves to compete.
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