Wow, that's unreal. Give them a division opponent.
Let me guess, we have to sit through the Bruins banner raising too?
To be fair, their division opponents are in Florida. The teams they'll want to create rivalries with are in the Western Conference (where they'll presumably move next year).
Montreal & Toronto are the two teams that will come more than once. I am sure the Winnipeg ownership requested a marquee opening game, and CBC forbade it to happen on Saturday night since that would involve not showing the Leafs at home in Toronto.
So if you want to blame someone? Blame MLSE and the CBC