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03-06-2011, 10:10 PM
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The Yankees and Red Sox would love to see realignment and the AL East broken up. Hockey doesn't have any rivalries that are even close to comparable really.

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You guys seem to be pretty knowledgeable ( ?), I have a question.... Would Chicago ever be considered for a move to the eastern conference? Unless im getting my geography horribly wrong, isnt Chicago a lot closer to the east coast....

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Not very likely, Chicago is roughly 200 miles (350 km) West of Detroit and is also in the Central timezone while Detroit is in the Eastern.

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03-07-2011, 05:33 AM
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I doubt the NHL moves Wings East for the reasons mentioned in this thread plus it would kill Hawks/Wings rivalry and leave only 1 original 6 team in West

Detroit has always been marque team in West , Losing Det would hurt the conference as a whole

And seriously I lost the North Star and Leaf rivalries ,,, I dont want to see the Hawks stuck in a division with only Blues as a rival from good ole days

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The Yankees and Red Sox would love to see realignment and the AL East broken up. Hockey doesn't have any rivalries that are even close to comparable really.
The baseball people for those teams would love to see them split up because they'd make the playoffs every year.

The marketing / beancounting people for those teams (and for MLB) would prefer that they stay in the same division because that rivalry is a cash cow in every way.

Hockey used to have rivalries like that, before they split all the Original Six teams up.

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03-08-2011, 01:41 AM
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Holland mentioned it in a interview a few years ago about how the Organization has a verbal agreement with the NHL, that if the NHL realigns, Detroit moves to the Eastern Conference.

Seeing as we know who the commish is, who knows if the agreement will stand.
verbal agreement so when it happens and they dont move us we can call them liar liar pants on fire

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03-08-2011, 02:31 AM
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There are two main rivalries in the NHL that should never be broken and that is Boston/Montreal and Chicago/Detroit and especially now in time where the Hawks are the best team in the league.

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There are two main rivalries in the NHL that should never be broken and that is Boston/Montreal and Chicago/Detroit and especially now in time where the Hawks are the best team in the league.
From Hawks fan to Hawks fan, I have to say that is a flat out stupid statement. As of right now, I think most would agree there are better times ATM. Once playoffs start records go out the door.

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03-08-2011, 03:08 AM
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I think they need to scrap the whole East/West thing and just put teams together that make sense.

Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto should be in the same division. Throw St. Louis and Columbus in there and be done with it.

Nashville should be in a division with Carolina, Tampa, the Panthers, Nashville, and Atlanta and you've got a division.

Or better yet, go back to two divisions per conference because it's a lot easier that way:

Conference A

Div 1:
Detroit
Chicago
Toronto
Ottawa
Columbus
St. Louis
Minnesota

Div 2:
San Jose
Los Angeles
Phoenix/Winnipeg
Vancouver
Edmonton
Calgary
Colorado
Anaheim

Conference B:

Div 3:
Montreal
Boston
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
New Jersey
New York
New York
Buffaslug

Div 4:
Atlanta
Tampa
Florida
Carolina
Nashville
Washington
Dallas

Makes a lot more sense. Right now the whole league is split up according to "West" and "East", when most of the teams are in the North and the East. It makes more sense to do it this way. Name the conferences something non-geographical, and then nobody gets to complain.

Dallas is happy because they're moving to a cupcake division. The other teams in that division are happy because they have a chance at the playoffs despite having no revenue. Division 2 puts all the Western teams together, Division 3 puts all the Northeast teams together, and Division 1 puts the Wings, Hawks, and Leafs in the same damn division which is there they all belong.

Put the original 6es together in two divisions rather than splitting them up - take advantage of existing rivalries and worry less about ginning up new ones. Would MLB put the Yankees and the Red Sox in different divisions to spread out their popularity? Of course not - they televise every freaking game between those teams and the ratings are always great.

Toronto-Detroit-Chicago should be together, but so should Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa-Buffalo. It's tough. It'd be nice to see the Wings back in the East but breaking up Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit would be a shame.

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Toronto-Detroit-Chicago should be together, but so should Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa-Buffalo. It's tough. It'd be nice to see the Wings back in the East but breaking up Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit would be a shame.
Part of me says they should keep two sets of three O6 teams in separate conferences. If they're all together, you can't have an O6 Cup Final. That would be amazing. Hasn't been an all-O6 final since Montreal-Rangers in 1979.

They should make sure that the O6 teams in different conferences play each other at least 2 or 3 times every regular season though.

Instead of trying to spread out popular teams to western and southern cities where hockey isn't particularly popular, they need to play up and reinforce old-time rivalries as much as possible. Bettman has never understood this.

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