Now if the All Star game would go back to orange/black.
That would pretty much rock.
I'm extremely happy about the realignment going the way it did but a ton of people are upset we don't have Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton in our division.
Not such a big deal to me as I've always hated Vancouver and the natural rivalry was Calgary and Edmonton anyway.
But I'm thrilled to be in a division with two original six teams in Detroit and Chicago. I think a natural rivalry can arise between the Jets and the Wild (your team name sucks
) that could become quite enjoyable. I'm also quite happy about the other teams in the division aside from maybe Columbus but that one does make sense too. Always liked the Stars (either northern or southern incarnations) and I think the Preds are a pretty neat team too.
I think the NHL made a winner out of every team by having home and away games with each team each year. Makes sense from a marketing standpoint to have the Crosby's, Ovechkins, original six or whatever deems a team worthy of seeing visit each team in the league.
It's particularly meaningful to my season ticket group as we have seven guys and five of them are Habs fans. But so is my wife, so that really makes six of seven. It's so bad we have a "Habs clause" in our group contract whereby if you've seen them, you can't select them again in a draft until everyone else has. That could mean, depending on how your draft lines up and who picks what team, it was a minimum of 14 years until you got to see them again
Now with the home and home it's only a seven year wait. Still a really long time but a great improvement.
So with Winnipeg's move to the former Western Division we'd hardly see Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, Montreal and lots of other exciting teams on a yearly basis. Even worse we might not have seen Detroit next year with the old scheme and we didn't get a home game with them this year either. There's a lot of talent on that team I'd like to see play a game. Now it's a nonissue and it makes our drafts a lot more interesting for our group.
I am very pleased.