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02-24-2013, 01:40 PM
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Icedog2735
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A few points based on the opinions being presented:

Perhaps we should believe the league and expansion really isn't on the cards for a while. The fact that the HFBoards list of preferred expansion/relocation cities does not fit in this realignment means nothing to Gary Bettman and the league. Look back at how many times the league was realigned from the O6 era through the end of the WHA. They will deal with it as it comes.

If Detroit valued their rivalry with Chicago and St Louis as much as people here think they do they would not have been demanding since the 90s to move to the East.

I think crossover formats and proposal made by some on here are very unnecessarily complicated. It seems like with this alignment and the Hotstove report, 4 out of 7 teams in the "Western" and "Central" conferences will make the playoffs and 5 out of 8 teams in the "Northeastern" and "Atlantic" conferences will make the playoffs. Wild Card to me implies a baseball-style short series between the 4th and 5th in those two conferences. Divisional playoffs in the first two rounds are here whether most like it or not.

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