There’s been a million articles on the realignment that’s been proposed by the NHL, but we gotta hit on it too. They’ve managed to somehow not squarely address the main concern that the NHLPA had with the last alignment, notably the uneven conferences. However, there’s a lot of good too. Let’s just hit the main points from the Wings’ perspective. First here’s their division:
The NEW Central Division
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Just look at that division. Holy crap. 4 original six teams, plus hockey mad Buffalo and Ottawa. And don’t forget Yzerman’s team down there in Tampa, who are always fun to watch. Not to mention we get free wins again Florida forever, similar to Columbus.
Less travel! Though there is still a decent amount with Florida and Tampa, but still.
Time zone – All Eastern conference teams, which means all games are EST. Woohoo, no more 10:30 games!
Did I mention that we are in a conference with FOUR original six teams?
Coolest oriignal six picture on google.
More thoughts and a reader poll, after the break: