HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 11:45 AM
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Most of the people here in Winnipeg do not really care about being the only Canadian team in that conference. That conference works great for Winnipeg IMO
The players may not like the border crossing, but I think Winnipeg ownership likes it. I could be wrong, but Winnipeg doesn't really have a natural rivalry with the east Canadian teams or the west Canadian teams, and given that the team is going strong even playing against the southeast, I think the biggest thing for ownership at this point is just getting ideal timezones for TV--which makes shoving them in with a bunch of CTZ teams perfect.
My guess on the 4 nay votes to the previous realignment proposal at this point is Toronto, Montreal, Tampa Bay, and Florida--they've been given Detroit to placate them. St. Louis and Nashville will object, but Toronto and Montreal are more powerful than they are.
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