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01-23-2013, 12:08 AM
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So, what I see is that those teams either stayed in the original team's Division until Expansion, or they were immediately put in a more appropriate Division. Neither of which is the option planned for Winnipeg. No, in Winnipeg's case, the League has proposed new Divisions, without expansion. So, Winnipeg wasn't immediately put in a more appropriate, and isn't going to be resituated due to an expansion.
I'm just suggesting that the League acts when the League needs to act.
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What does any of that have to do with making the simple swap?
Why does it have to be a simple swap? When the Nordiques were moved to Colorado, Colorado didn't swap with another team. Of course that was allowable as the divisions were slightly imbalanced.

It seems the basis for moving the Winnipeg Jets is to do so within the existing two conference, six division with five teams per division setup which many teams have an issue with...
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And again, the League doesn't have to be made up of children or pranksters. A simple and formal agreement could be made that other alignment issues will be tended to with expansion (if they can't agree on a different alignment arrangement for those teams now within the 6-Division format).
See? Keep this divisonal alignment with a swap of Winnipeg and a party to be named later, without allowing discourse amongst the many other problems.

Gary Bettman's stated goal was to move Winnipeg to the west, and it couldn't be done because the NHL, after going through about thirteen different proposals, finally worked something out, only to have the NHLPA kibosh it.

The NHL has hitched its wagon to a four-conference format. If it needs to be put in front of the Board of Governors again, it was already approved once before at 26-4, as this was the compromise for attempting to put the Winnipeg with like teams.
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It's almost like you're suggesting that forcing the 4-Division alignment will then result in expansion. Isn't that like putting the cart before the horse? Shouldn't it be expansion which forces the 4-Division alignment?

Oh, and apparently to have that expansion in the Northeast and Atlantic Divisions.
No, because expansion immediately requires another discussion about realignment. The expansion teams must be assigned a division/conference. The last expansion should have proven that, as all expansion teams were slotted within their new divisions, in some cases three years before they were supposed to start playing.

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