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01-21-2013, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by candyman82 View Post
There isn't a second market in the East likely to be a target in the next round of expansion. IMO the NHL wouldn't add two Canadian teams at the same time so soon after losing the Atlanta market. It would look like a retreat. Since there are no appealing American options for expansion in the Eastern time zone, either Detroit or Columbus will have to move over.
Again, I absolutely agree. But if it seems that obvious that there is no other eastern expansion site likely to happen, then WHY wasn't the plan to put Columbus (or whichever team) in the East included with that proposed realignment from last year??

People keep saying the 4-Division realignment plan was because expansion is on the horizon, but why put only 14 teams in the East? If it were a case in which they couldn't force themselves to decide which team goes in the East, then what's going to change that? Assuming there is no other eastern expansion location, the League does have to make that decision! And once that's done, then you have another team to add into the mix of how the eastern teams could be realigned.

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