HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 09:45 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.
It is not rocket-science. By this logic, you give it to Detroit. ETZ team, and has the seniority over Columbus. That is, IF Detroit would want the Southeast. If that seems too impulsive, get the 3 owners together. Figure out who is interested in moving over. Have them present their case. If you can't decide, lottery.
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