This will most likely be one of many blogs put up at The Checking Line regarding the NHL's new 'radical' re-alignment. And in radical I think they mean 'ridiculous.'
I'm not going to get into the nitty-gritty, but there are some things I like and some that are downright stupid. First of all, here are the four new conferences from NHL.com (that's right, good bye East - West):
* New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Washington and Carolina
* Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Florida and Tampa Bay
* Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas and Winnipeg
The Blue Jackets, like many other teams in the NHL (Phoenix, Atlanta being two prime examples), struggle to find ways to make money in a small hockey market. The Blue Jackets lost $25 million dollars last year alone, along with another $28 million dollars the two years prior. This has lead majority owner John McConnell to state this during an interview with The Columbus Dispatch: “I am not looking to sell (the Blue Jackets). If this doesn’t work … you know, I really don’t have any options other than staying the owner as the team is moved. I’m hopeful that’s not going to occur. We’re going forward as if it&r...
According to a source at the NHL Draft this past week, there has been a drastic idea to change the divisions for the 2012-13 season.
An NHL executive that was quoted annonymously said that Gary bettman has proposed a system where there are still the Eastern and Western Conferences, but each conference will have only two divisions.
The West would have the Pacific and Midwest, and the East would have the East and the South.
In this scenario it was said that both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, which makes you wonder what the divisions would look like next year. Obviously with an odd number of teams, a division in each c...