Rocco wrote: slappybrown wrote: Rocco wrote:
slappybrown wrote:Rocco doesn't like something? I'm stunned.
Flip Nashville and Winnipeg. It's not rocket science. You have even divisions that make sense geographically. Problem solved. If you later add teams like everyone expects then you can set up 8-team divisions.
Except it doesn't. As much as I dislike stumping for DET, you have them and Columbus playing the vast majority of their games in the Central/Mountain/Pacific time zones. It makes little sense. This remedies that issue; your proposal doesn't. This also increases the value of the league from a TV perspective, with multiple DET v. TOR/MTL/BOS/BUF, plus really helping a struggling franchise in COL by giving them 4-5 games vs. PIT a year. This is definitely a better plan for the overall health of the NHL. And not in the sense of "Let's put teams in markets they don't belong because we need to be in the Sun Belt"; its actually good for the game and rivalries. The only real downside is the loss of CHI-DET.
41 of Detroit's home games are played, by definition, in the eastern time zone. Same for Columbus. Can't really say they're playing the "vast majority" of their games in other time zones. You're basically shifting the problems by moving Detroit, torching the various rivalries they've established with Western teams, ripping away the West's largest marquee franchise and creating an inbalance in the divisions for no other reason than "because we can". The Florida teams are tacked on to a division with teams in the Northeast, which seems to defeat the purpose of reducing travel for teams.
Quite frankly, if Columbus is having serious problems, a few games with Pittsburgh isn't going to save them. And losing Chicago-Detroit is significant and doesn't really have to happen.
Really? You're going to be intentionally obtuse and pretend you don't know I mean their road games?
Additionally, its not "because we can." The reasons were identified. TV loves the plan. You don't have to like it, but you can do better than (1) intentionally misinterpreting my post and (2) claiming its "because we can."
The CHI-DET thing I said I agree is a loss, and is a great, historic rivalry. The Florida teams are isolated no matter what. The nearest franchises are probably Nashville and Carolina, and good luck building a division with those 4 plus...who? The snowbird population is obviously huge in FL and should help their TV numbers and assist in their actually selling tickets at non-discount prices. Losing DET weakens the Midwest, but the teams make sense geographically, and the gains for moving DET outweigh the negative IMO.