HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 02:27 PM
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Chicago, St Louis, and Nashville aren't western cities either.
I wouldn't quite go that far. Being in a Division with Detroit and Chicago is by far not the worst case scenario for Columbus. Plus Nashville and St Louis in that Division, and the Division itself is certainly a reasonable enough alignment.
The current alignment of the Central Division is very reasonable. Columbus has had 12 or so years now. As I stated before, this is not Miami or Phoenix we are talking about. Ice hockey has been played in the state of Ohio for decades upon decades. Ohio State, right in Columbus, has long had a hockey program, and some success with it along the way. Ohioans are certainly familiar with the concept of ice. Granted, the team has been terrible for, literally, its entire existence, but no matter: When a franchise is this poorly run, in a market that is not growing in population (unlike the much maligned 'Sun Belt' teams, all of which have better attendance this season than CBJ), and the locals are utterly uninterested no matter what they do, then the Blue Jackets organization has no right to complain about much of anything, or to demand the league or any of its franchises acquiesce to their demands. End of story.
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