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by Vince Maranto on 07/26/11 at 02:58 PM ET
I was looking at the Hawks upcoming schedule for this season. My usual checking out what “must see” games are out there before single game tickets go on sale. Every year when I do this, the same thought comes to mind. Why can’t the Original 6 teams play each other at least once during every season? The Original 6 teams, for “all you young hockey players out there” (thanks Edzo) are, the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Would it be that hard to arrange the schedule every year to do so?
This year the Hawks will play the Bruins, matching up the last two Stanley Cup champions. This is another “must schedule” move that should be done yearly, but that’s another matter. As a matter of fact, the Cup has been won by an Original 6 team, 3 of the last 4 years. (Detroit a few cups back) The Hawks will play the Canadiens this year also. Being in the same division as the Wings, there are the usual games scheduled. But that’s it.
The Hawks /Wings rivalry (which according to my Detroit friend Ryan only exists in my mind) may be in danger of ending soon. With the Atlanta franchise moving to Winnipeg, (Eastern Conference team moving out west-and north, for the idiots who would correct me if I didn’t print it) there’s talk of realigning the Conferences. Moving Detroit to the East - the only Western team in the Eastern time zone, I believe, has been talked about. This would make playing other Original Six teams games even more rare.
I know times change, and nothing ever stays the same, but can ya throw be this bone, Commissioner? Or next time a stadium full of people boo you, I won’t feel bad for you.
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