HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 04:11 PM
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The problem is expansion IS coming. I hope everybody accepts that by now. The two best expansion locations by a country mile are Quebec City and Markham (Toronto2). NO U.S. team should be used for expansion. Expansion teams usually SUCK early. You want Canadian teams for that. The fans will get upset but still flock the arenas. Sucking will be greeted with apathy, otherwise. You definitely don't want that. If Phoenix has to go, then move it to Seattle. And forget about trying to forcefeed other markets in the U.S. Geography is a terrible argument to bring in both Seattle and Portland over Quebec City or Markham.
THAT is why we have to stop bringing Western Conference teams into the Eastern Conference. Winnipeg is coming to the Western Conference, which is good, but two more Eastern teams are on the way. That's mainly why Detroit needs to stay in the West. Aside from the fact they have no established themselves in the Western Conference and identified as such. It's like trading your captain. You don't trade your captain. Well, you don't move the captain of the Western Conference to the East.
So, perhaps some outside-the-box thinking is required here to make this thing work. Because if this new realignment and Detroit's demands force the league to NOT expand to Quebec City and Markham, then they'd only be shooting themselves in the foot.
When (or if) expansion happens, they can always do another re-alignment, like they have done many times in the past. I don't think it makes sense to consider that now for this proposal when there is nothing imminent in terms of relocation or expansion.
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