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01-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
2 Time Zones in a Division isn't a problem really.
Agreed. Back when I was more interested in this topic I figured out that splitting the CTZ squads is the key to an alignment that everybody can live with. If you keep all 6 of them together, then you are asking two ETZ clubs (and they'll be Detroit + Columbus) to play a ton of road starts 1 hour behind. All to keep those 'sacred groupings' intact, as you called them. Quite frankly, that ain't fair. Detroit has shouldered the burden long enough and they deserve to have another ETZ division/conference rival besides the hapless Blue Jackets.

You can separate the CTZ clubs into three pairs: MIN/WPG, CHI/STL, and DAL/NAS. Or you could group them in two trios: MIN/WPG/CHI and DAL/STL/NAS. One group, and the most obvious candidate is the one that includes MIN/WPG, has to move into a div/conf with ETZ clubs to create some balance in the time zone burden. Otherwise this whole exercise is just a lot of fan****ing.

tl; dr version: a realignment that keeps all the CTZ clubs together isn't fair and shouldn't be done. Split 'em up!

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