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02-25-2013, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
Obviously putting a team in a city on the Atlantic Ocean in a central division would be ludicrous.
It's about as ludicrous as the northwestern-most team in the Eastern Conference being able to fly over the entire Central Division in order to get to their Southeast Division away games...
Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
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.
But would more fans watch if the amount of games two- and three-timezones behind are halved? And would that increase the amount of dollars the Red Wings would receive on a new local television contract?

I bring it up, because there was a blurb here about when the Leafs started Leafs TV. Their television contract increased by a large amount when they owned the network, and in turn, that was a couple of years removed from moving to the Eastern Conference. And originally, when the six-division setup was introduced, Columbus was supposed to be in the Eastern Conference but the Maple Leafs and former president Ken Dryden was able to get the Leafs moved to the Eastern Conference...
Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
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 Blue Jackets aren't creating all sorts of headaches. The Jackets are just one of numerous franchises that would like a different setup.

Keep in mind the rumor was that the sixteen teams that made up the two most-western conferences in the NHL-approved alignment all voted for it. So the blame cannot certainly be cast on only the Jackets and Wings.

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