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02-25-2013, 07:48 AM
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Buck Aki Berg
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Originally Posted by Mike Louis View Post
If the NHL does decide to go the two conference / four division route, I can see Rocky Wirtz getting mighty pissed about the Blackhawks / Red Wings rivalry being lost, and Chicago being the only O6 left in the West.
Can you really say that a rivalry is lost just because two teams aren't in the same division? Toronto and Montreal were in different divisions for 21 years (14 of those years in opposite conferences), and I don't think anyone felt that rivalry died*. In fact, I recall some saying that the fact that they only played twice a year made the rivalry more special.

* To be fair, I understand that the Habs-Leafs rivalry goes way beyond hockey, so it may not be fair to use that as an example

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