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NHL Approves New Four-conference Format For Next Season

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12-05-2011, 09:03 PM
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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.

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this should up their ticket sales a bit- no more atlanta/carolina games and instead teams snow birds from the north and canada will want to see
No, that would be Detroit. No offense to any Florida fans, but most Canadians couldn't care less about those two franchises.

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This is kind of exciting for me. The first major realignment I've been around to see.

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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.

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YAY!...plus it willl make it easy to add Quebec to the east conference.

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12-05-2011, 09:05 PM
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No, that would be Detroit. No offense to any Florida fans, but most Canadians couldn't care less about those two franchises.
Actually quite a few Canadians own season tickets in Tampa and Phoenix. I don't know about the Panthers.

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4/7chances to make the playoffs is way better than 4/8
QC will be in that div next year. They are also screwed on that front.

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Yahoooeeyyy!

According to that TSN story
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Discussion and the vote to approve the new realignment plan at the NHL Board of Governors mettings in Pebble Beach, California took an hour.
An hour.

Elliotte Friedman was the man on this story... had it dead on.

And next season won't come soon enough. Bring on those divisional playoffs.

Time for beer!

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Why would Boston or Buffalo be "steamed"? Both teams are staing in the same division, just adding Florida and Tampa.
They just lost 2 games against all the atlantic teams, and are now in a division with canada and florida. Whats to love?

Now that being said, I love this set up, but I can understand why buff and boston fans arent too happy.

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12-05-2011, 09:08 PM
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How come the West gets ****ed with 8 teams? They should at least have a crossover. Top two teams in each conference gets in, the rest are wildcards.

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Actually quite a few Canadians own season tickets in Tampa and Phoenix. I don't know about the Panthers.
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.

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Both teams attract a lot of Snowbird sales when Canadian clubs visit, especially Montreal and Toronto. That helps a lot.
buffalo too.........everything time the sabres score in either florida or tampa bay you think they are the home team.

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How come the West gets ****ed with 8 teams?
...because one of them will be moving to Quebec soon.

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12-05-2011, 09:11 PM
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They just lost 2 games against all the atlantic teams, and are now in a division with canada and florida. Whats to love?

Now that being said, I love this set up, but I can understand why buff and boston fans arent too happy.
You make it sound as if Canada is some kind of disease.

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How come the West gets ****ed with 8 teams? They should at least have a crossover. Top two teams in each conference gets in, the rest are wildcards.
It's quite obvious that it's because the governors were told odds were Pheonix was possibly moving.

Unless some ''miracle deal'' can be struck at the last second very soon, they are going to Quebec City. Nowhere else is ready with both an owner and a place to play.

I'm truly convinced of it.

And by the way I'm really happy with this new ''4 Conferences setup'', I cant wait for the rivalry with the bloody Habs to start again!

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12-05-2011, 09:15 PM
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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

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12-05-2011, 09:15 PM
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I think people are going to end up a lot more upset about the "divisional playoff top-4" setup this time around.

16 out of 21 making it means you have to be a failure to miss the playoffs. (sure, it was 24 by 1993 when it ended, but 2 year expansion teams don't make the postseason).

16 out of 30 and finishing 5th in a group of 8 a dozen points ahead of the team that finished 4th in another group? People gonna be mad.

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You make it sound as if Canada is some kind of disease.
I live in canada.

I'm talking from an american teams perspective is all.

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Florida in the East is the equivalent of Phoenix in the West.

Oil fans are louder during Phoenix games than Coyote fans.

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12-05-2011, 09:18 PM
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Damn it to Hell!

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.

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It's quite obvious that it's because the governors were told odds were Pheonix was possibly moving.

Unless some ''miracle deal'' can be struck at the last second very soon, they are going to Quebec City. Nowhere else is ready with both an owner and a place to play.

I'm truly convinced of it.

And by the way I'm really happy with this new ''4 Conferences setup'', I cant wait for the rivalry with the bloody Habs to start again!
I'll give my left *** to see the Nordiques play the Habs in the playoffs again. These series were unforgettable.

Phoenix is a pretty good team right now ... making the playoffs could be tough in the new East division (Adams maybe?). Battles for 4th spot here we come!

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12-05-2011, 09:20 PM
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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.

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I would have preferred to have the Jets and the Wings just switch, until the Yotes situation is finalized but no way Bettman wanted the Wings in the east so we have what we have.

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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.

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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.

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