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03-20-2013, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by silvercanuck View Post
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 original format of the 2013 realignment was to have 4 conferences. At some point during the past year, that plan changed to a 4-division/2-conference setup. To be completely honest, I must not have been paying attention because I missed the rationale for going back to 2 conferences -- but that doesn't stop the NHL from going back to a 4 conference concept in a couple of years. If they do that, they could avoid the East/West alignment issue altogether.

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