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Wings Belong In The East

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL’s Board of Governors will meet early next month and kick around the “realignment’’ can one more time. With 30 teams doing business between Sunrise, Fla., and Vancouver, British Columbia (3,458 miles, if you stick to the main roads), there are many ways for the Lords of the Boards to divvy up the conferences, divisions, and love-hate rivalries that keep us coming back for more, even if not that many actually keep coming back in Phoenix, Sunrise, Columbus, or even Raleigh.

One of the more frequent topics within realignment is whether Detroit should shift from West to East. Of course it should.

Those of us who remember the entertaining hate built over the decades between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings place this question in the NHL’s no-brainer division.

Original Six matchups are a distant memory - maybe not even that for a lot of new-age NHL fans - but there remains a lot of good in that institutional memory that traces back to when it was a six-team league. The Wings just belong in the East, and the league ought to make that right before the second tray of bagels and croissants gets rolled into the room on Dec. 5 at the Pebble Beach hotel.

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Evilpens's avatar

UMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Expand??? WTF is this guy talking about ! you have a handlful of teams in Trouble Now!

Posted by Evilpens on 11/13/11 at 12:49 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

This guy rocks

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 11/13/11 at 01:09 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Forgetting the Wings/realignment angle (and the bottom half of that article… WTF?) the idea of expansion certainly would have one other effect nobody seems to have realized or discussed yet:

If the NHL wants to puts serious pressure on the KHL, 2 expansion teams would admittedly do just that.  You’d be opening up 2 more $40-60m payrolls to get a share from and I bet that would be enough to lure away a healthy dose of the top players in the KHL that aren’t just spending their twilight years at home.  With it being a younger man’s game now in the Cap Era… who knows?  2 new expansion teams may have nothing in common with the way it was for the expansion Ottawa Senators…

Posted by Primis on 11/13/11 at 05:11 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I dunno, you have enough teams that are struggling now, let alone 2 new ones.  I think the NHL were given some time to work out competative angles after the Lokamtiv crash this summer.  I’m sure players aren’t beating down the door for the payday while this is still somewhat fresh.

Real question is what are we going to do with the Islanders, Coyotes, Blue Jackets and possibly Stars or Blues?  I think we should go with an idea that will be easier to manage teams leaving or entering divisions.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 11/13/11 at 06:00 PM ET

Heaton's avatar

Expanding by 2 teams would even a lot of things out, I don’t think it’s a terrible idea since contraction will never, ever happen.

Posted by Heaton on 11/13/11 at 06:38 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

YEAH!! lets add 2 More teams to Struggle ! Good Idea ! Good Lord Step away from the crack Pipe

Posted by Evilpens on 11/13/11 at 07:11 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Problem is if the league is struggling to find owners for money-losing teams NOW, where are they going to find a couple more suckers to lose millions on new expansion teams? Especially after the economy tanked even the wealthy aren’t feeling like they can throw their money down a hole with a vanity purchase like a hockey team.

The NHL can want to expand, but without owners for the team it won’t happen.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 11/14/11 at 10:10 AM ET

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