HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 09:37 AM
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Columbus wasn't in the league in 1998. Atlanta came in 99, and the Southeast only had 4 teams so it was an easy addition. Minnesota and Columbus entered the league in 2000. The Central had 4 teams as did the Northwest, so it just made sense to move them into their divisions.
The league knew Columbus was going to have a team when they realigned in 1998. They knew about Atlanta and Minnesota too. That's why the SE, Central, and NW had 4 teams for a year or two.
The East was great, even the 3 relatively new expansion teams and the relocated Whalers were off in their own little division that nobody respects.
The West was a mess from day 1, and can't even really be called the West, as the entire conference spans all 4 time zones.
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