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19wingz 12-06-2011 10:17 AM

Radical Realignment Plan for the NHL
All of this went down last night while I was on call, so I couldn't even read up on it or see what it's all about. Anyone else here have thoughts on the changes?

Personally, I like the realignment and I like that every team gets to play every team. I don't like 2 things in particular. I still hate that you play the teams in your conference more often than others. I also don't like how they are doing the first round of the playoffs. I think they need to consider a wildcard bit like the NFL does because you'll have a team who is 4th in one conference make the playoffs, but a team with a better record but is 5th in another conference gets screwed. Also, the two conferences with 7 teams have it a little easier for making the playoffs because there is one less team to fight against.

I do however like the idea and I LOVE how they will do the rest of the playoffs. The reseeding without conference bias is a great idea, in my opinion and can give us a Detroit v Chicago SCF or Pitts vs. Wash and those types of interconference rivalries can shine on the big stage.


jordanc0856 12-14-2011 10:31 AM

I kinda like it too, but I do agree that if a certain conference has better teams in a particular year, the "middle" teams in that conference does get screwed. I do also like the idea (that they're not using) of a wild card like the NFL and MLB.

I just wonder if this is Bettman's work because given his past history, I highly doubt it!!!

19wingz 12-14-2011 12:53 PM

If it is, then good for him. For once, I approve of a decision he made. I think this'll be a cool way to approach the game and I am looking forward to the playoffs next season with the new format.

jordanc0856 12-14-2011 12:55 PM

This one kinda came by and caught me off guard. What was the motivation behind the realignment?

19wingz 12-14-2011 01:06 PM

Franchise move from Atlanta to Winnipeg. Which team from the Central were they going to move to the Eastern Conference and how would they realign those divisions...then this came about.

jordanc0856 12-20-2011 08:11 PM

Ahhh, that makes sense. Oh Wings, I picked Michigan in my college bowl pick 'em sheet, so I need some good mojo from you.

19wingz 12-20-2011 10:48 PM

I'm always sending them good mojo. They just have to choose to listen to it!!

jordanc0856 01-26-2012 12:54 PM

Wings, did I read the article correctly that said the Player's Union rejected the realignment plan??? If so, I wonder why.

19wingz 01-26-2012 07:42 PM

Ya, they're delaying the realignment. Not sure why, though.

Saint Dagame 01-26-2012 08:10 PM

I would guess it is to let people used to the idea

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