HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 08:48 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
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You don't find it odd and wrong that the closest city to you (New York) you will never play?
I know the point that you're trying to make, rather than how some others are just trying to sidestep it because it doesn't support their current preferences as to how the League should be. It's not that Boston and New York are huge rivals in the NHL. And it's not that they couldn't be either, because their particular alignment hasn't really presented them with a lot of opportunities for it to happen. But regardless, there is some degree of intensity in their games against each other, mostly because they are competing directly in the Conference Standings. This realignment proposal takes that away.
In fact, a better example would be Boston and Philadelphia, which do have a fairly intense rivalry going on, but again this alignment idea will basically shut down any real potential of intensity in games between teams outside of these mini-Conferences. I can't see how that is good for the League; further compartmentalizing fan interest into a smaller number of matchups.
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