Even as a Leaf fan who would stand to benefit from being in a 7-team division..I have to say this is a major step back for the NHL.
Dividing the league in half was a good idea, dividing it into 4 is not. It'll confuse the average fan that they're trying to draw to the game, greatly increase travel for the average team, and mean that over 1/2 of the season's games represent absolutely no rivalry. Sure, you can create rivalries with 6 games against a team, but having more teams that you play 6 games against reduces the importance of those rivalries.... and you can't create rivalries with 2 games against a team in a given year. With this ridiculous system, you're just asking for the exact same matchups every single year in the playoffs, it takes a ton of intrigue out of the game.
To me, this reeks of children at work, concerning themselves most with what's "fair" as opposed to what's in the best interest of the league. It's also a failed attempt, as shown by the obvious 7 vs 8 discrepancy.
Poor MoreOrr, probably the person most excited about realignment and his team (and Buffalo) are probably worst off. Everyone gained something, not Boston and Buff are in a div with canadian teams, and 2 teams in florida. I'd be steamed.
Why would Boston or Buffalo be "steamed"? Both teams are staing in the same division, just adding Florida and Tampa.
Those that live down there, yes, but for the rest of us? When was the last time you got excited for a Tampa or Florida game? Might as well be playing the Coyotes or Thrashers.
In my little corner of the world, just east of TO I know a few couples that have winter places in FL and AZ and 7 of them have season tickets. Four have season tickets for the Leafs too....must be nice to have money
First off, I must say that I appreciate greatly some of the comments that some of you made about me following the League decision. It cheered me up a bit, but not from the news about the realignment decision. You see, I had a minor surgery on Friday, nothing serious really, but I've been taking medication against infection and the like and this afternoon it made me sick, my stomach couldn't take it. So that's why I wasn't around to get the news immediately. How ironic hey.
But ****, now a worse alignment than already existed for me to complain about until the next time a realignment opportunity comes up. That's if the Mods allow me to complain; I'm imagining they're soon going to want a sabbatical from this topic.
lol @ FLA/TBL taking it up the butt on this one, both teams have to be so pissed.
They sure as hell got a better draw than Carolina, from a competition standpoint at least.
It was a money driven move, and the snowbirds coming down south means that Florida and Tampa, especially Florida, will see their attendance go up. There's going to be more butts in the BankAtlantic Center seats when the Panthers are playing the Canadiens than there were for the Hurricanes, to put it simply.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Radical indeed. Wow. However...(and I'm not going to dig up my previous posts in other threads), I got everything I wanted. I wanted a focus on divisional games, to play every team in the league home-and-home at the very least, a divisional playoff format, and a playoff format that enabled the potential for any two teams to vie for the Cup in the final. I think it's outstanding. Imagine in baseball if the Red Sox and Yankees could play in the World Series...or if the Steelers and Patriots could play in a Super Bowl. That kind of stuff needs to be possible. If the best two teams are in the same division or conference, with a typical playoff setup, that'll never happen. I almsot can't wait for this season to be over, to fast forward to next year to see how it pans out.
They just lost 2 games against all the atlantic teams, and are now in a division with canada and florida. Whats to love?
They are already in a division with "Canada", as if that's even a bad thing. Yeah, nothing Boston fans hate more than a Saturday night game against the Habs or Leafs. Can't give those tickets away. Ditto for Buffalo, that city just hates it when the Leafs of Habs come to town. Completely empty arena most of the time.
The "balanced schedule" isn't perfect, but the 4 division structure is far better than the 6 division structure though, that's for sure.
I'm not sold on doing away with conferences at all; hope that's a bit of misinformation because I've heard nothing about it before today.