Re: NHL realignment story
posted at 2/24/2013 11:48 AM EST
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
I would like to see how much money it will save the tri-state teams, it has to be good and a driving force for some of the re-alignment. I like Detroit in the same conference as the Bruins.
Nashville gets the shaft on travel, conference 4 out west looks like its region.
It's not too bad for Nashville. At least all their conference games, aside from Colorado, are in their own time zone. Remember, though we tend to think of them as a Southern city, they're still in the Central time zone, and the closest team to them is St. Louis.
The Avs get hooked a little in terms of TV broadcast times of away games, but not too bad. Both Detroit and Columbus will be happy, as will the Jets, Dallas and Minnesota, three central teams that don't have to play division games on one of the two coasts anymore. I also like that they finally have all four west coast teams together.
I'm still confused about how they split up the other four SE teams. Geographically I would think it'd make more sense to keep the together, add them in with NYR, NYI, NJ, and Columbus, and put Pitts and Philly in with Conference 2, but I suppose they wanted to keep all of the existing Atlantic together.