HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 02:52 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Montreal, QC
I just don't see the point of bringing back the "Winnipeg Jets" if not to bring back their rivalries with the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Smythe Division hockey is something the NHL should want to try to recreate.
Those playoff series weren't only about the players who were partaking on the ice. It's about the cities and the fans even moreso.
And to that end, taking Detroit away from Chicago and St. Louis is just as bad. I can't recall the last time I wasn't riveted watching a game between two of these three teams.
Rivalry should take precedence over geography, travel and convenience. It won't, but it should.
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