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12-05-2011, 07:52 PM
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Twitter just exploded. Apparently, a realignment proposal passed, by a vote of 26-4. It's not clear which one, but to get that many votes, you have to think it was the league's Caps-to-Patrick proposal, with four conferences. The Commissioner wholly sets the agenda, and he wouldn't have lost control over the process if the votes were going to go that way.

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Real_ESPNLeBrun | Pierre LeBrun | I'm not in Pebble B but a source inside BOG meeting said it took a bit less than an hour of discussion to reach agreement on re-alignment.

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12-05-2011, 07:59 PM
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Caps to Patrick!

@garylawless | Doors have closed. Consensus going in from a number of gov's, "What does Gary want? He always gets what he wants."

@garylawless | One governor told us heading into meeting - "Phoenix isn't going anywhere. There's no where for them to go."

@garylawless | NHL has passed four conference realignment with all teams to play one another in home-at-home


Lawless is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist, and Jets beat writer.

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12-05-2011, 08:06 PM
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@garylawless | Doors have closed. Consensus going in from a number of gov's, "What does Gary want? He always gets what he wants."

@garylawless | One governor told us heading into meeting - "Phoenix isn't going anywhere. There's no where for them to go."

@garylawless | NHL has passed four conference realignment with all teams to play one another in home-at-home


Lawless is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist, and Jets beat writer.
That is just awesome news.

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TSNBobMcKenzie | Bob McKenzie | New four conference format gets approval by NHL B of G.

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The Patrick Division is back!




..........plus Carolina.........

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Cool, I guess.

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Hell yeah on the realignment vote.

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12-05-2011, 08:26 PM
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Will it make qualification tougher? Sure. Yet the games will be so much more fun. **** the Southeast.

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12-05-2011, 08:29 PM
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How long until we hear the "East Coast Bias" gripe about the Eastern teams getting the 7 team conferences?

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This is who is in our division in the near future.

http://twitter.com/RobRossi_Trib/sta...78500703670272

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if the team didn't really suck, i'd be more excited about this. as it stands, cap are bottom feeders in that conference...

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12-05-2011, 08:34 PM
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How long until we hear the "East Coast Bias" gripe about the Eastern teams getting the 7 team conferences?
Only as long as Phoenix can hold out. This is partly with the idea that the Coyotes are probably going to Quebec, where they would fold into the northeastern conference. And no one is going to argue that the Patrick Conference is cake.

These conferences need names, and quick.

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12-05-2011, 08:35 PM
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if the team didn't really suck, i'd be more excited about this. as it stands, cap are bottom feeders in that conference...
Sadly that thought has crossed my mind a few too many times.

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Only as long as Phoenix can hold out. This is partly with the idea that the Coyotes are probably going to Quebec, where they would fold into the northeastern conference. And no one is going to argue that the Patrick Conference is cake.
Agreed, just jumped out to me as an easy early talking point.

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12-05-2011, 08:37 PM
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At least I'll be able to sell my tickets to the Pens/Rags/Flyers fans.

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12-05-2011, 08:46 PM
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At least I'll be able to sell my tickets to the Pens/Rags/Flyers fans.
You're part of the problem!




(, I'll probably end up doing it as well)

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You're part of the problem!

(, I'll probably end up doing it as well)
More of this and the resale market isn't going to be very fruitful.

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Seasons' tickets just grew to be a hell of a lot better value.

Man, I remember the period where there were eight instead of six games versus division opponents. Endless stretches in the schedule where it seemed either Florida, Atlanta, or Tampa Bay was in town and no one else.

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More of this and the resale market isn't going to be very fruitful.
It's already horrible this year....

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(, I'll probably end up doing it as well)
I just can't make it out to every game....sadly.

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12-05-2011, 09:51 PM
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The four conferences and membership are done. Still to be determined is the playoff format for round three, apparently. They want input from the GMs. So the link between the two East and two West conferences may not be completely severed.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=382065

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How long until we hear the "East Coast Bias" gripe about the Eastern teams getting the 7 team conferences?
Two theories.

1: It was the price the West had to pay to get the East to vote for the new travel plan.

2. PHX is going to move to Eastern Canada anyway, and then it will be 7/8 ad 7/8.

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if the team didn't really suck, i'd be more excited about this. as it stands, cap are bottom feeders in that conference...
If the playoffs started today, we'd be in under realignment. We're 9th as it stands now.

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If the playoffs started today, we'd be in under realignment. We're 9th as it stands now.
Yeah kinda funny given the normal reaction is about how hard the division is going to be. It currently has the weakest 4 seed by points.

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...and much less travel than everyone else.

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