HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 04:02 AM
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Actually Columbus should be in the same division as Pittsburgh given their close distance.
Florida and Tampa Bay were put with the northeast teams because there are a good number of canadian who winter in florida...thus giving more fan draw to games there.
That's the only tie that they have to the division. That they're "close" to Pittsburgh.
The Caps have history with the Pens, Canes and the old Patrick Division teams. Carolina at least has history with the Caps and the Devils, although everyone else is probably "meh" about that.
It's a real weak reason to move them when they have more of a history with the Hawks, Blues, Predators.
As for Florida and Tampa, that's nice that they make more money on their road draws, but they are DOA in that division. Everyone there is going to throw alot of money around. Ottawa is probably their closest competitor and I'm sure Ottawa will outspend them too.
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