HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 08:37 AM
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Because it's either Nashville, Columbus, or Detroit. That's a lot of teams. I doubt Nashville would get the call, as the East isn't going to voluntarily vote in a team from a different time zone. Then there's Columbus, who you can't leave by themselves as the only ETZ in the West. Then you have one of the O6 teams that has wanted to be in the East since the Leafs moved, and probably even before that since the conference playoff format was instituted.
The Thrashers going to Winnipeg wasn't just a normal relocation. The Nordiques to Colorado could be done without having to move anyone else. The Whalers to Carolina, North Stars to Dallas, both the same time zone. Jets to Phoenix, west to west. The Thrashers move opened up a whole can of worms, which is clearly not easy to fix.
All true...but another thing is that realignment discussions didn't just start taking place after the Thrashers move to Winnipeg...there has been ongoing dialogue now for about 5 years. I know for sure that Dallas and Minnesota have been constantly pushing this issue, and have rec'd support from Detroit and Columbus as well. The move to Winnipeg only created the urgency to finally act.
Which is why it's ludicrous for those fans that have been suggesting the "quick and easy" fix to have Winnpeg join the Central and Nashville or Columbus join the the Southeast...that would NEVER have gotten approval when there have been other teams pushing this agenda for years now. They simply wouldn't roll over and accept that proposal.
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