Realistically....How many teams should be in the NHL?
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12-28-2012, 10:58 PM
Fight the Hate
Join Date: Nov 2008
Is that what Western Canada calls a rivalry?
Perhaps it's because I'm right in the thick of the Eastern Corridor, but that sounds like really weak sauce to me.
Very, very few non-regional rivalries are not transient. In fact I can't really think of one. Regional teams are rubbed in our faces because of divisional strucutre to the point that the hate can't help but being sustained. When you're good they hate you, when you're bad you hate them. Having an axe to grind over something that happened decades ago just doesn't stand up to that.
Of course, it takes more than regionality. No one talks about the fierceness of the TB-FLA rivalry. Maybe that'll come as the franchises mature. Hope so, it'd be the making of both franchises.
If you're going to sell the league based on the laundry -- which is the best way to sell it -- then a strong history needs to be built quickly. Expansion built around favoring strong regional rivalries is the best way to make sure that happens.
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