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02-26-2013, 08:49 PM
Ronning On Empty
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
I'm not sure it'll cut on down travel much at all for the Canucks. Here's last year's schedule divided up by time zone:

47 in the Pacific
11 in the Mountain
11 in the Central
13 in the Eastern

Under the realignment plan it'd be something along the lines of:

48-49 in the Pacific
8-9 in the Mountain
9-10 in the Central
16 in the Eastern

Obviously that doesn't tell the whole picture, but even in terms of distance I don't think they're better off. They're getting more games in California, but they're losing roughly the same amount in Alberta which is closer. They'll save a game or two in the Central due to fewer games in Minnesota and Dallas, but then they're adding more in the East.

Yeah, with you there. Travel doesn't seem to have decreased under the new alignment.

To me, it just re-arranges teams in their logical groupings. That's pretty much it. No inherent advantages. Just different teams faced. If anything, it might be a disadvantage overall because of the better competition.

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