If the Rangers had never existed, I would probably have been an Islanders fan by sheer geographic proximity.
Well, now that I'm nauseous...
If the Rangers were to disappear and I had to pick a team in the east, it would probably be the Blue Jackets. Next in line would be the Red Wings.
Notice a pattern there?
Don't feel too nauseous, I've had some NYR-fan friends tell me they would consider pulling for the Islanders. We live pretty close to the Arena at Harbor Yard and they've grown up watching the Sound Tigers develop. It's also hard to think about the Islanders as fierce rivals with them being so bad for so long.
The Red Wings were already my second favorite team in the league, so them.
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"A jimmie for a jimmie makes the whole world rustled." — -31-
People are just voting outside of the conference now
Actually, I don't mind Tampa. They've never wronged anyone, doesn't have any goons, over rated, or detestable characters on their team. It always helps that they haven't won much since I started following hockey. The face of their Franchise is as balanced of a guy as we can expect from hockey.
Well, not having read that "If the NYR didnt exist thing", because then I'd prob have went for Buff, but that's hard to say, cuz I prob wouldnt hate the Piles and Devs then... so I GUESS the Piles, but going on your credentials, I'd say Buff, HOWEVER, I DIDNT read that, and considered who I'd root for WITH the NYR existing...
And EASILY clicked the Red Wings box, as I havent learned to hate them due to their being a Western team, and due to my having always respected the **** out of them.