Maybe it's just me, but from what I saw last time I was in Chicago and from friends up there that are Hawks fans, it seems like the Blackhawks/Red Wings rivalry is pretty much dead. Seems like that hatred has turned towards Vancouver.
The division the Florida teams find themselves in is an attempt to 'even out' the greater number of miles traveled by western teams. The specific teams in our divisional grouping also being a boon to Florida (and I guess TB) home game attendance, although I don't think it's the best thing for the sport to encourage fans to keep an old favorite, when they move into another team's territory.
I mean, think with me here. Imagine the time when New York City saw it's massive flood of immigrants from Italy, especially Sicily. Now imagine that the New York team played the Sicilian team on a regular basis. It's good for gate revenue, but it adds nothing to the substance or identity of New York.
Every divisional alignment proposal should be geared toward creating Tampa Bay Lightning fans.
Just Lightning fans.
Last edited by Felonious Python: 12-04-2011 at 01:15 PM.