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01-02-2013, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by KingsFan7824 View Post
The league realigned in 98 knowing Columbus was going to have a team, and that they were going to be in the central division in order to give Detroit at least some small amount of relief with another 7pm road game now and then.

Toronto had to move, because #1 they're Toronto, they're further east than Detroit, and the league hasn't wanted to have 1 Canadian or American team in a division for 30 years. They were forced to do it when the Rockies moved to NJ, but they eventually moved Winnipeg back to the Norris/Central.

I'm just saying that between Toronto and Columbus, one of those franchises could be successful with pretty much any alignment, and one needs a little help.
Prior to the start of the 1998-1999 season the only realignment in the Central Division was the following teams. Toronto moving to the Eastern Conference and Northeast Divison, along with Dallas and Phoenix moving to the Pacific Division. So that made room for Nashville to join the Central Division in their 1st year. Like I said before and what RogerRoeper confirmed the addition of Columbus to the Central Division had no impact on the Maple Leafs going to the Northeast Division since that was decided before the Blue Jackets came into the NHL.

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