Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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11-30-2012, 10:20 AM
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I'm sure you would be saying this if Edmonton and Calgary were on the chopping block. Look at the NBC time table. NY, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington. No wild western teams.
You can see in the alignment of the league that anything outside of the northeast corridor is really just considered white noise. Detroit has gotten a raw deal in that aspect, which I think is why karma has to have played a part in them being so good for the better part of two decades.
That SE division is hidden away, only in the minds of northeastern fans come playoff time because of the seeding the division winners get. There are 2 divisions that span 3 time zones in the West, and the entire conference spans all 4 time zones.
It's also interesting that the first home game for the Ducks after they won the Cup was against Boston. The first home game for the Kings was supposed to be against the Rangers. Clearly designed to get people to watch NBC(or whatever it was in Oct 2007) at such a late hour as the banner was raised for a Cup win.
The NHL should just go with 10 or 12 teams in the northeast, and kick the other teams out. Let them form their own leagues if they want. The NHL didn't want that type of competition back in the 60's and 70's though, so they expanded for the easy money, and then sort of just forgot those new teams existed. Except the Flyers. They've been the only real, long term success story, in every aspect, of the 24 additional franchises after the O6.
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