HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 08:40 PM
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Location: Ajax, ON
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The only thing that's stupid is that there will be a 16/14 split. Obviously, there's going to be expansion, but it should have been kept even. That's going to be an awkward conversation in the BOG when they put a team back in Quebec, and the debate becomes which one of Detroit or Columbus moves back to the West against their will, and when Quebec is added, it's clearly going to be Detroit.
The other issue is that if Vancouver ends up with the best record in the conference, and Nashville is the wild card, that's a big disadvantage.
In the short term, the 16/14 split will be OK. Baseball had it this way for 15 years and made it by.
I think if the league goes to 32 and Quebec is one of the expansion sites, I can see the 4 conference plan being resurrected, since the wings will not be moved to the 'western' conference but a 'mid western' conference.
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