HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 11:42 AM
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Fan & western team complaints about seeing teams from the eastern conference only once every three years (since there were only 10 out-of-conference games in that matrix). It was a major buzzkill having Crosby & Ovechkin only hit 5 western arenas a year.
This proposed alignment stinks just as the previous version of it did. The league refuses to gore the sacred oxen (the NE & ATL divisions) so we get this horrible setup where the western teams are condemned to irrelevance just so the ETZ clubs never have to leave their timezone. Sucks, sucks, sucks. I'd sooner just see some kind of musical chairs shuffle at this point rather than inflict this 4-div/conf ugliness on us (something like VAN to PAC, DAL to CEN, NAS to SE, and WIN to NW).
It seems like the Eastern teams will be leaving their timezone more frequently with the realignment. They didn't have 15 Western Conference road games before this
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