New Conference Discussion (Realignment Approved, Detroit and Columbus Leaving)
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03-01-2013, 05:15 PM
Join Date: Feb 2013
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^Small consolation. Not the "real" Minnesota team, though we do get Dallas. Who am I supposed to hate more...the city or the team?
I'm still not a proponent of this re-alignment. One by one, all of the teams that I rooted against growing up have stayed east, moved out of the division or conference, or relocated. Out of the remaining teams, I'm only invested in St. Louis as an old rival. The rest I can leave, or leave (no taking), including Nashville and even Vancouver. I'm an O6 and 2nd 6 fan over some of the odd locations that hockey currently inhabits.
The Hawks get shafted here, plain and simple. Detroit whines, and whines, and whines, and finally gets what it wants. It's travel schedule will now be an order of magnitude better than any Western Conference team.
On the upside, I'll be seeing a lot more O6 matchups at the Joe.
I come from a family of generations of Wings fans, and have talked a lot of hockey with a lot of people over the years, and well, let me put it this way. I don't think we do any more "whining" about the schedule than Blackhawks fans do about the Red Wings and their fans. I have been to a lot of Hawks forums only to notice that a good portion of the threads on there are dedicated to hating on the Wings.
I could kind of sympathize with you all back when you had that cheap, stubborn mule running the organization into the ground and alienating fans and former players, but that is far from the case now. The Hawks have an owner who cares about actually winning and a Stanley Cup championship in recent memory to show for it, so I don't quite get it now. I just want to say "hey, you have a great team now. Enjoy it, and quit worrying about the Wings".
At the end of the day, I am like you in the sense that I want to see more original 6, and even some "Class of 1967" match-ups, and am tired of all of these west coast teams no one cares about. The NHL certainly doesn't benefit when those teams win either.
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