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After years of lobbying, realignment has allowed the Red Wings to finally return eastward for the first time since 1981.

Gone are Detroit’s frequent trips to the West Coast and the club should benefit from limited trips outside their time zone. The Red Wings lose long-standing division rivalries with Chicago and St. Louis but will settle easily for Original Six rivals Toronto and Montreal.

Detroit was frequently a challenger for the Western Conference crown alongside strong teams like the Blackhawks and Canucks and should find themselves in a comparable spot in the East alongside elite clubs like the Bruins and Penguins.

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mrfluffy's avatar

Leave it to the Red Wings to find the only 50-goal scorer available in the 2013 Draft at the 20th overall pick.

Kirk Maltby scored 50 goals in Juniors…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/11/13 at 12:03 PM ET

awould's avatar

I like the lineup. Weiss is going to make an impact. Now if we can just get Franzen angry before every shift.

....and should find themselves in a comparable spot in the East alongside elite clubs like the Bruins and Penguins.

Gotta be more careful applying the term ELITE here on KK, lest we get a diatribe from the resident Corsi lover.

Posted by awould on 09/11/13 at 12:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Pressing Question: How will Detroit fare as a member of the Eastern Conference?

With respect to fellow realignment teams Columbus and Winnipeg, it’s the movement of the Red Wings that most shakes up the league.

The Eastern Conference just became more difficult, and the Western Conference just became a slightly easier place in which to play.

Meh.  Feels the same to me.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 09/11/13 at 12:32 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sorry, Boss, I know this is off-topic, but Slapshotgoal posted the first, second, and third periods of the Wings prospects Championship win over the Sabres’ prospects.  Good stuff.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 09/11/13 at 12:42 PM ET

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