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02-25-2013, 02:05 PM
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Two things.

Number 1:
Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
Well, Red Wings are going to draw, basically, no matter what. If fan support were to drop, it wouldn't be because of alignments or anything of that nature, it'd be because of a severe drop in quality of play.
Link to mlive, with an article that contains this quote (emphasis mine):

The biggest advantage for the Red Wings would be the reduced travel in the playoffs. Having at least the first two rounds entirely in the eastern time zone would keep players much fresher than if they had to make multiple trips to the West Coast, like they did in 2010 and '11, playing Phoenix and San Jose both seasons.

It would be nice for fans to be able to watch road playoff games that start at 7 p.m. Or 7:30 as opposed to 10 p.m. And 10:30. That also would result in better TV ratings for Fox Sports Detroit.

It's a win-win situation.
Number 2:
Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
Now, there MIGHT be something to what you're saying here, but I seriously doubt it would be to a significant degree in order to justify upending the status quo.
In a realignment scenario, the two-conference, six-division model is dead. The League wants to move to a home-and-away model for all teams, and most likely a four-division or four-conference setup.

The status quo has already been upended, and it would have been in effect this year if the NHLPA just rubber-stamped it like they usually do.

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