Local Idiot Upset NHL Didn’t Consult With Him About Realignment

when the NHL announced back in May, that the Atlanta Thrashers were moving to Winnipeg, it brought up discussion about realignment. it was at that time, that I unveiled my proposal. the Pacific and Atlantic Divisions would remain intact. Nashville replaced Atlanta, Winnipeg replaced Minnesota, Minnesota replaced Columbus, Columbus replaced Toronto, and Toronto replaced Nashville. finally, my dream of resurrecting the Norris Division was within reach!

BUT NO, they had to go and change everything! they’ve gone from six divisions, to four conferences. geographic concerns (including the late start times to many of their road games) among several Western Conference teams, *cough* Detroit Red Wings *cough*, was cited as a primary reason for the radical change in format. there was also the issue of the Penguins and Flyers not wanting to be separated. the NHL is reverting back to their pre-expansion playoff format. no longer will u see teams from different divisions mixing it up in the first two rounds. that won’t happen until the 1/2 final round. a determination on the seeding of the four conference champions won’t come until the GMs meet in March.

as a Caps fan, it’s great to see them back in the old Patrick Division, but I’m not too keen on the playoff format. on a positive note, at least now they’ve gone to a truly balanced schedule, where every team visits every other team at least once. the NHLPA still has to approve this, but I don’t see them rejecting it. since they haven’t come up with any clever names for the conferences yet, and since they are going back to four, why not go back to the original division names?!?

PATRICK:
Carolina, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

ADAMS:
Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto

NORRIS:
Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg

SMYTHE:
Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver

the conference format leaves some flexibility for further realignment, when they eventually get around to relocating the Phoenix Coyotes…TO HARTFORD!!!


PUCKY THE WHALE, FTW!!!

in other news, the Caps fell to 1-3 under Dale Hunter, with a 5-4 loss to Southeast Division-leading Florida. the game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. the Panthers had five power-play chances in the first 24 mins. of the game (scoring on three of them) Neuvirth let in a coupla soft goals, and the Caps got caught flat-footed in their own zone, just watching the puck. hard to believe that a team with enough talent to win the Stanley Cup, can play with such a lack of discipline and fundamentals. former Cap, Tomas Fleischmann, had an assist on what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

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