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03-20-2013, 10:48 AM
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I don't think the new conference alignment should be brushed off. The ETZ owners seem pretty firm about having their own conference and there obviously isn't enough room for a new team in their club. You can not have conferences of 17 and 13 teams and it seems pretty clear that Detroit and Columbus are not moving back west.

The alignment logistics are going to factor into the owners decision making process when they decide what to do with the Coyotes. It will not simply be one person or one factor that decides where this team ends up. All the owners and their interests will be involved.

What's really telling to me is the fact that the Coyotes have not landed in Quebec by now. If Quebec is the only logical landing spot for this club why hasn't the NHL sold the team to eastern interests already? There is nothing holding the NHL to PHX right now. They could pack the team up and move them into the Colisee tomorrow and turn that franchise into an instant money machine. But they're not. There has to be a reason for that.

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