the unbalance conference leads me to believe that the nhl is planning on adding 2 expansion teams in the western conference,
I'm looking at the realignment through the eyes of a Kings fan, rather than an NHL fan. I'm fine with it because it means the Kings don't have to go to Dallas so many times in a year. I like that Columbus and Detroit are going East, with their cushy timezone.
But as I've seen the playoff format, I hate it. Start with divisional playoffs? So play the same teams every playoffs? Ooo, rivalries. I don't care about that. I care about my team having a better chance at the Cup. Divisional playoffs - that's how it used to be, and where'd it get the Kings then? It will be tougher to make the playoffs. And the wild card? Don't look to baseball for inspiration on a live sporting event.
But now that I think about the realignment, I think the best way to even up the travel is to have a Northern and Southern conference. Make the NY teams have to fly out to Western Canada multiple times a season. The Kings are cool with going to Florida. And with no Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philly, NY, Chicago, or Vancouver - the Kings could dominate. I change my mind, the proposed realignment sucks! Let's do this instead.
People don't watch games 3 timezones away. In the East, they go to bed. In the West, they aren't home from work at 4 PM.
http://www.tomfulery.com/category/sp...nment-project/ -- which discusses and maps numerous possible realignment possibilities (some of which are realistic, and some of which are pretty crazy -- like the soccer style three league system whereby teams are relegated and promoted on an annual basis), including a north/south split that seems to equalize travel to some degree.
Heard alot folks commenting that they do not like the wild cards, etc. , but the new posposal would seem much fairer in some respects.
For instance, if the SCP started today, Carolina would be the #3 seed in the EC under the present playoff qualification rules, but would be a wild card team, at best, under the new rules. We'd have a crazy competitive Pacific Division, but I think I like it... whattay'allthink?
Lets keep this in the thread that's already active.
sorry somehow that thread was not showing up in my list of active threads, but now it is...
maybe it had moved to the next page
Vancouver lost it's hall pass