Post by Cliff's Notes on Oct 18, 2011 9:47:53 GMT -5
So Bob McKenzie of TSN (think of him to the NHL as Adam Schefter or John Clayton is to the NFL, or perhaps a back-in-the-day Peter Gammons to MLB) stirred things up the other day by saying that it looks like the Red Wings would head to the Eastern Conference and specifically the SE division next year.
This is a highly political discussion voted on by the Board of Governors (essentially the owners).
But if it happens, this is great, great news for the Wings to go East, regardless of if it's the SE. Even though the Wings "divisional" travel would increase, their overall travel would decrease.
But the bigger changes would be less time zone crossing for the players (screwing up their bodies from later flights and adjusting to 10:30 pm, starts), a lot less 10:30 starts for the fans, and a lot less travel in the playoffs, and ZERO 10:30 pm starts in the playoffs. Amen.
As for rivalries, Detroit-Toronto is bigger than Detroit-Chicago for the cities involved. But beyond a pretty dormant Colorado or St Louis rivalry, there isn't anything else that's a big deal in the West. But gaining Pittsburgh, Montreal, Boston, NYRangers, and even Carolina, Tampa, Philly, and Washington will be pretty big deals for Detroit and each of those cities.