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02-27-2013, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by MuckOG View Post
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.
Exactly. The Thrashers move from Atlanta made every issue from the 1998 realignment come up. Detroit saw it's long wanted chance to move east. Columbus never should've been in the West to begin with. The only reason Dallas was in the Pacific was because Vancouver wanted to stay with Edmonton and Calgary. If Phi/Pit must stay together because they can't just be conference rivals, Vancouver should be able to stay with who they want to with the amount of travel they deal with. Minnesota was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The 98 realignment was flawed, at least in the West, and that one relocation to Winnipeg dug up every bone from the ground.

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