HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 02:40 PM
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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.
To me - this is a key point. Under a 4 "conference" system, the legacy EC teams will be traveling more. It was my understanding that getting the EC team's approval for the NHL orignal proposal required that the new Eastern Conferences were the 7 team versions to maximize their chance for P/O revenues.
Now, it seems like with both of the "new" western conferences (III & IV) being 7 teams, the NHL is attempting to maximize the travel & time zone benefits by putting the "extra" teams in eastern conferences (I & II).
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