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02-26-2013, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
Here's a thought, and this may have been mentioned before so excuse me if it has, but why not take the proposed realignment and just swap the two Florida teams with Carolina and Columbus?

The 2 Florida markets would be happy because they now have 3 NY area teams, and Philly who make up a good deal of their transplants, so they should see increased revenue for all home division games. Not to mention they don't have to "fly over another division" to play their road divisional games. Florida teams are typically in Divisions with teams in the NE corridor in all other major sports.

Carolina goes back to their ancestral home, so to speak, in what's basically the old Adams Division, and while Columbus doesn't get Pitt, they do get geographically close rivals in Buffalo and they keep Detroit in their division and then add the 3 Canadian clubs.
The difference between Toronto/Montreal and the NY-area teams are that the latter fanbases are very balkanized. Non-Rangers games may not sell out and I would think the money earned from 2 extra Devils/Islanders games a year is far less than that from 2 extra Leafs/Habs games.

As for Carolina, their real rivals are in the Northeast. Ask a Canes fan about the Sabres or Bruins and you'll get an earful and a half and do the reverse and you'll get the same. Sabres fans still haven't gotten over 2006 and that lends itself to great hockey plus, as with Florida, you won't get that many Islanders/Devils transplants. When more bad blood came out of one playoff series with the Sabres than four with the Devils, that says a lot.

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