HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 01:29 PM
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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.
One of the worst, not the worst.
The division itself is fine, and is actually one of the 3 current divisions that works for everyone involved in it. That division's problem is that it's in the Western Conference. Two ETZ teams, two cities that border the time zone, and the 5th city is only the gateway to the west.
I would have no problem putting the 8 too late teams in one conference, and the other 22 teams in another. Split those 22 up however you want, go 1-12 in the playoffs for that conference, and call it a day.
I'm not saying all of issues facing Columbus are because of their alignment. They've barely come close to putting a decent product on the ice, and a lot of that has been their own doing. That they're in the West doesn't help though.
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