HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 08:23 AM
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Finally. Someone has some sense here. There shouldn't be any agreement unless a contingency plan is part of it or everyone knows what's happening in Phoenix. This all becomes pointless if we're fitting Quebec City back into the East. Although, in the 90s, no one had a problem with an emergency realignment to make sure the Avalanche weren't in the Eastern Conference, for any amount of time.
There can't be a "contigency plan" because that would mean that the NHL would already have in agreement in place with a new owner for Phoenix, have a local venue in place where they will be playing, etc. Otherwise, it would only be speculation...and anyone who knows lawyers (which Bettman and Fehr are) knows they don't deal with speculation....
And who knows when, or if, Phoenix would ever move? The NHL seems perfectly content to let them stay where they are.
Even the NHLPA knows that you can always deal with "what ifs"...you deal with situations as they arise...and if the Coyotes have to be relocated at some point down the road or if expansion becomes a reality some day...then they may have to deal with realignment again.
It's really not that big of a deal...I wouldn't put too much stock in that little soundbite from Sportsnet.ca.
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