The wing will not move to the East because many Eastern Conference teams will complain of having an elite team in their conference; one less playoff available in the East. The Red Wings are a virtual lock to make the playoff in either conference.
But I can see Columbus moving to the East if a team from the East moves to the West.
What they need to do is what the MLB does. Re-align the teams in two conferences so that each team travels roughly the same amount of miles every year.
Yup, non-geographic conferences are the way to go. Something has to be done to event he travel out a little. Its a huge disadvantage for everyone in the West. Its worse for us since our division is terrible and we can't play any of them in the playoffs.
It'll never happen, Detroit is one of the few teams that hold any prestige in the Western Conference.
If they leave what big name teams do WC teams have to look forward to playing? Chicago, LA, Colorado?
I've voiced my disgust about it, but that's the way the league views the issue IMO, as evidenced by the latest realignment proposal that would see Columbus (freakin columbus) moved to the East instead of Detroit!
MOVE Columbus to the East and Atlanta to the West.
Detroit and Columbus are the only remaining Eastern time zone teams playing in the Western Conference. Detroit SHOULD obviouly have dibs. Columbus would have what, a 20 minute longer flight out west than Detroit?
Not nearly enough to merit priority. Not to mention Columbus has never shared a division/rivalry with a single team in the Eastern Conference. The West is all that franchise knows.