HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 01:01 PM
Join Date: Dec 2003
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Obviously putting a team in a city on the Atlantic Ocean in a central division would be ludicrous.
The point is that Detroit is not a western city. It's west of many eastern cities, but that doesn't mean much when Detroit is in the ETZ.
As to your point about this being about the business of the Red Wings and Blue Jackets. Well, the Red Wings' business is doing just fine as is (apart, maybe, from the need for a new arena.) Fans may moan about all the West Coast games, but they still watch and will continue to.
So would Boston fans then. Or NY Ranger fans. Or Montreal. Philly. Just switch which big northeastern team goes into the current central division each year. Any one of those teams make as much sense as Detroit. All their fans would still watch. Those franchises certainly have the roots needed to survive such an alignment as well.
It's the Columbus Blue Jackets who are the problem: If their business is entirely reliant on how they're aligned and/or at what times their games start, that is not a healthy business. Period. The people in Ohio just don't care about the team, and that's not going to change if they're playing Eastern teams more often. Although, I will concede, having Pittsburgh in for a couple extra games certainly wouldn't hurt, but they already have their regional rivals in the Red Wings, and it hasn't meant squat. They, the CBJ organization, should just accept things the way they are, or move somewhere else where maybe somebody might actually give a crap. Right now, they're just wasting space, and creating all sorts of headaches are far as re-alignment goes.
The problem for Columbus is that they don't have 8 decades and multiple generations of fan history to fall back on. Columbus gets a team about a decade ago, and then gets put into one of the worst alignments in the league. On top of that, they've been poor at drafting and developing players as an organization.
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