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02-25-2013, 09:06 PM
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The smarter ones should at least be able to see the benefits of being in a division with so many low-revenue bottom-feeders. If they do even a halfway decent job of managing that team, they should win that division 90+% of the time.
It'd be like the Orioles or the Blue Jays complaining about moving to the AL Central because they'd lose their "rivalries" with the Sox and Yanks. The benefits for the Hawks far outweigh any possible negatives.
Maybe there's some nostalgia for the Wings rivalry, but that's only really been a rivalry the last 5 years or so, and for a few years in the late 80s/early 90s. Otherwise it hadn't been much of a rivalry since the 60s.
As a Wings fan, half the benefit of the new proposal is the presence of Ottawa, Buffalo, Tampa, and Florida. Those teams all have various assorted development / revenue / fanbase issues and even if some of them seem to be in good shape now, it's not likely to last because the money isn't there. Even Stevie's going to have a hard time in Tampa because it's Florida - they have a hard time drawing fans to summer sports.
I don't know, that's kind of a 90s view isn't it? The league will keep those teams afloat and as long as they are there and can draft good talent, they'll be a threat. I mean Southern teams have done much better on the ice than off the ice, that's just the way the league wants it to be.
Hockey isn't baseball anymore where the Yankees and other big teams can just go after every big name free agent every off-season. A big name, a lot of fans and history doesn't mean crap here as Leafs fans can tell you.
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