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01-22-2013, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
I know what you're saying, but I simply don't agree that it should be the case. There's a primary factor here, that Winnipeg was the recipient of a relocated team and thus never aligned in the League as the other teams were (for good or bad).
Let's take a look then at other teams that were relocated:

The Carolina Hurricanes were relocated from Harford for the 1997-98 season. They remained in the Northeast Division for that season until the expansion of the late 1990's moved them into the newly-formed Southeast Division.

The Phoenix Coyotes were relocated from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season. They remained in the Central Division for two seasons until the expansion of the late 1990's moved them into the newly-reformed Pacific Division

The Colorado Avalanche were relocated from Quebec for the 1995-96 season. They were immediately moved into the Pacific Division. Colorado would be moved into the newly-formed Northwest Division as a result of the late 1990's expansion.

The Dallas Stars were relocated from Minnesota for the 1993-94 season. They were left in the Norris/Central Division, but would be moved to the reformed Pacific Division in the late 1990's.

Therefore, realignment appears to take place when there is a genuine need. Just because Winnipeg is closer to all of the teams in the Central Division than the teams in the Southeast Division isn't necessarily a genuine need.
Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
Part of that reality is certainly that Winnipeg will be placed in the West, and, if there isn't a likely potential of 2 expansion teams in the East, then a team from the West will be put in the East. The League makes that simple decision/swap (though with the League it's probably not simple), and at least Winnipeg is playing in the Western Conference, and the team to replace Winnipeg is playing in the Eastern Conference. And there, finished!
But that makes a few assumptions:
1) everyone is happy with the 6-4-18 scheduling format, where every team plays their divisional opponents six times, their in-conference opponents four times and then everyone in the other conference once, with an addition three out-of-conference games for a total of 18 out-of-conference games.
2) that everyone is happy with the division they are currently in.

A simple swap gives the Winnipeg Jets the spot currently held by one of Detroit, Columbus or Nashville. Does Winnipeg want to be in a division with St. Louis, Chicago, and two of Detroit, Columbus or Nashville? Or do either of Minnesota or Dallas want that spot?

And that's where we get to the crux of the problem:
Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
And when I say "finished", I don't mean that the League has done with "realignment", I simply mean that that basic swap has been done. Now/Then if the League wishes to confront a "realignment" of the West (or hell even the East for that matter), then so be it; the owners can debate and vote on exactly which team should get the Central Division spot. And if they can't agree, then Winnipeg just stays there by default, until expansion and a potential 4-Division realignment.
And that's exactly why a two-step realignment won't be done. The NHL's Board of Governors cannot agree on a simple swap, because the "promise" of another realignment doesn't hold water. It's exactly why a somewhat radical realignment was passed in December 2011, and I'm of the belief the exact same proposal will be passed as the realignment for the 2013-14 season.

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