HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 10:58 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
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It's move first, fix later. It always has been. It always will be.
Which is why if Detroit, like Toronto, sees the door open to possibly making their own situation better now, they'll try any way to do it. If Detroit wants to go east, but doesn't get into an eastern group now, they may never do it, because who knows what happens with expansion or relocation. If Detroit(and Columbus) gets in the door now, it's that much tougher to extract them if something new comes up.
It seems like the league is due for something crazy. The O6 days were stable, until the league doubled in one year in the late 60's. The 70's continued the craziness with more expansion, realignments, weird divisions, absorbing teams from another league, two teams merging and one of them folding, etc. Things got quiet in the 80's after a few early relocation's. The 90's exploded with an average of 1 expansion team every year, 4 relocation's, and 2 significant realignments. The 00's were
The Thrashers moving in this decade has opened up a can of worms, where every issue from the 98 realignment is being reassessed. Add to that a new and improved PA, which changes the variables in every equation. Whatever they come up with could be a little nuts.
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