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11-29-2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
Proximity helps a lot with rivalries; and that's why I think the east should allow more flexibility with alignment, because in most cases there is a lot of proximity almost no matter which way to group the teams in the east.
No question. Which could go into what a Nashville fan was talking about a page back or so. Going with 16 teams in the East, and 14 in the West. The eastern conference teams certainly have a travel advantage, and probably a rivalry advantage(as long as they're not hidden away in the SE), simply because of geographic reality. Can't do much about that. What could be done to even things out a bit is to give the teams in the western conference some sort of advantage simply because of the geographic reality they face, which could be fewer teams competing for 8 playoff spots.

Whatever happens, something needs to change for the now 6 teams in the central time zone, along with Detroit and Columbus.

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