Realigned!!! [3/7 update: CHI - COL - DAL - MIN - NSH - STL - WPG; NHLPA approves]
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02-24-2013, 11:15 AM
The Brodin Effect
Join Date: May 2012
Location: In a tree stand.
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Agreed on the Yankees analogy. The Yankees have had plenty of down years, but just because they are the Yankees, people are drawn into attendance.
The Red Wings are still the Red Wings with all the history behind the winged wheel even if they aren't having as much on ice success.
Thus fans will always be drawn in to games vs the Wings
I disagree....I remember when the Wings were horrible in the 70's and 80's...they weren't any more of a draw than any other team. The only reason they are a draw now is because of their long time on ice success...if and when they slide towards mediocrity, their draw will be less and less.
It's the same for any team: Penguins, Caps, Blackhawks, etc.
EDIT: The latest from Russo re: realignment:
The Wild is getting closer to being realigned out of the Northwest Division. The team has been told it will be in a new seven-team "conference" with more geographical and sensible rivals, sources say.
"It remains a work in progress," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to the Star Tribune. "We hope to have something for the Board [of Governors] to review and consider for approval in the next week or two."
CBC's Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday that the new realignment plan has the Wild in a conference with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg. Daly wouldn't confirm Friedman's report. Under the NHL's original plan last year, Detroit and Columbus were supposed to be in the conference and Colorado in with the California teams, Phoenix, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Now, according to Friedman, Detroit would move into a conference with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto, while Columbus would join Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, the Rangers, Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.
Wild owner Craig Leipold has urged the NHL to realign the Wild since purchasing the franchise in 2008.
The reasons? 1) Better geographical rivalries; 2) shorter flights; 3) fiscally more desirable; 4) fewer occasions through customs; 5) earlier start times, making road games more practical for fans to watch on TV.
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