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03-01-2013, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by KeithBWhittington View Post
Much like the initial realignment talks last april, this is, again, skewing towards a "Columbus or Detroit" east move, it seems. As long as this remains the case, I do not like our chances. Say what you will about how other owners would vote, Illitch is one of the most powerful owners, not just in the NHL, but in all of pro sports. Not to mention the amount of goodwill he's no doubt built up with the BoG and Bettman over the last few decades. With the addition of Davidson, our chances are better than last offseason, but I don't see the CBJ being able to rally enough support if it comes down to an "Us vs. Them".
Friedman addresses just this question. Surprisingly, he said the league has great respect for the McConnell family, as well. Certainly not in the Illich class, but not completely without some juice, either. The situation we would find ourselves in were we left as the only ETZ team in the West would be even worse than now!

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