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by George Malik on 05/10/11 at 01:10 AM ET
Oh boy. The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell takes a story about the Phoenix Coyotes’ likely status as residents of the desert for at least another year and stretches it as far as one can possibly stretch via an earth-to-moon-distance logical leap:
A team moving from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference will, in turn, pave the way for the Detroit Red Wings to move to the East where they belong. That will not only be a boon for them in terms of start times for their televised road games and travel costs and logistics, but it will also move an aging roster into a conference where it will have a much greater chance for success. It’s hard for these eyes to believe that there’s a single team left in the playoffs in the East that is better than the Red Wings.
Who knows? It might even be the tipping point in defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom coming back to Detroit. If the Red Wings can offer him reduced travel and an enhanced chance to get to the Stanley Cup final, that could be enough of a carrot to have the Norris Trophy finalist come back for another season.
1. No. The Red Wings aren’t going to the East. They’re the West’s “anchor tenant.” They sell out opposing teams’ buildings, and as we all know, Columbus and Nashville would probably get first dibs should the Thrashers move West (which isn’t a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination) for that reason.
2. If Lidstrom chooses to return, he’ll do so because he wants to.
3. Please stop trying to insist that the Wings can’t compete in the West, or insinuate that if you attend Tuesday’s Wings-Sharks game you’re attending a contender’s funeral, and are doing so because the food’s decent.
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