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#121 ringtwins

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:00 AM

A B C D , ugh how inventive
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:04 AM

Count me among those who like it. And if any of the league's revenue-sharing can go towards travel costs, it won't be so bad for the Florida teams. At least all their games are in the same time zone, as that seemed to be a priority with this realignment.

I also like the Proteautype (sp?) suggestions for conference names. It wouldn't seem fair if a team played in a conference named for a guy who wore their uniform, so I'd propose:

Conference A = Howe
Conference B = Lemieux
Conference C = Gretzky
Conference D = Orr
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:11 AM

A B C D , ugh how inventive


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:56 AM

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Yeah, this is going to take a lot of getting used to. Just hopefully no more obscure names for the conferences... no more Prince of Wales conference or something like that... I could deal with something like the Atlantic Conference or something that makes sense geographically...but don't name them after people

here's the write-up on nj.com:

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The new look has two conferences with seven teams all based in the Eastern time zone: the Devils, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the Rangers, the Islanders, Washington and Carolina in one and Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Florida and Tampa Bay in the other.

The third conference consists of eight teams in the Eastern and Central time zones: Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas and Winnipeg. The fourth conference has eight teams in the Mountain and Pacific time zones: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Colorado.

The conferences have not been named.


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#125 Devil Dan 56

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:33 AM

A B C D , ugh how inventive


I don't think that's what the official names with be.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:35 AM

The only non-offensive option (aside from geographical names) is going back to the Patrick/Adams/Norris/Smythe names.



This would be great.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:08 AM

we'll if we continue our horrible play we can kiss the playoffs goodbye for a long time.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

It's not a perfect world. I get that.

If I was King, I'd like to go back to the 2006 when we had 8 games versus the division. I don't need to see some teams every year, especially home and home - but I get why some do. I think that's the problem with over expansion but whatever. I understand why they have to go to this alignment to satisfy a number of votes, fine.

I don't like divisional playoff matchups, because I'd like a chance for their to be either a Devils/Flyer Semi Final or even better, a final.

I'd be OK with these four divisions, but the top 16 point getters get into the playoffs...and we do 1 - 16 travel be damned playoff. Make the 4 division winners top 4 seeds and there you go.

Some divisons will just be better than others.

Edited by HellOnICE, 06 December 2011 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:40 PM

Now, I don't neccesarily mind the format of division playoffs in the first two rounds but only playing every other team twice combined with having division playoffs in the first two rounds essentially kills off all non-division rivalries and for the most part just adds games to rivalries that were already good (and forces the creation of new, goofy ones based on travel).


Thats the other thing that concerns me...is playing the same the same teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs. It can get stale, and you dont create new non-div rivalries. I dont want to play the Flyers or Rags in the playoffs every year (if we even make the playoffs) as it can lose its fizzle (sorry for using that word).

I'm not a big fan of these changes and I know you hate everything that has to do with Winnipeg, but it's not like Winnipeg came in and told the league what to do here.


Yeah I see that Bettman wanted to do this regardless
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:46 PM

mmmm what i dont like is that its taking away rivalries that you have with other teams...

if im arguing with a MTL or Boston fan... you can't go like... "HA my team is 6 pts ahead of yours in the standings !!!" it doesnt matter anymore... its all about your division and thats it

with Pittsburgh, Flyers and Washington in our division its gonna be a though run...
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:34 PM

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:38 PM

This will kill parity that the league loves so much. When you are 6 points behind the 8th spot and have to jump a few teams its easier to sell then being 12 behind in 5th or 6th behind the 4th spot.

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#133 NJDevs4978

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:51 PM

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Have to admit, that isn't too bad. Just shows how far away the Florida teams are from everyone else anyway, not to mention NW Canada.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 06 December 2011 - 01:53 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:52 PM

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well at least they didnt went out of their way to put Crosby and Ovechkin in the same division...
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:02 PM

Pittsburgh and Washington have had a rivalry since Crosby and Ovechkin were born, there was no way the league was going to have them play twice a year with almost no playoff matchups. The league didn't have to go out of its way, it's not like they're 1000 miles apart.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 06 December 2011 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:29 PM

I love it. The Patrick Division I grew up with and the Whalers.

mmmm what i dont like is that its taking away rivalries that you have with other teams...

if im arguing with a MTL or Boston fan... you can't go like... "HA my team is 6 pts ahead of yours in the standings !!!" it doesnt matter anymore... its all about your division and thats it

with Pittsburgh, Flyers and Washington in our division its gonna be a though run...

Didnt realize the devils had such a huge rivalry with the B's and Habs.

Count me among those who like it. And if any of the league's revenue-sharing can go towards travel costs, it won't be so bad for the Florida teams. At least all their games are in the same time zone, as that seemed to be a priority with this realignment.

I also like the Proteautype (sp?) suggestions for conference names. It wouldn't seem fair if a team played in a conference named for a guy who wore their uniform, so I'd propose:

Conference A = Howe
Conference B = Lemieux
Conference C = Gretzky
Conference D = Orr

If by that you mean, Patrick, Adams, Norris, and Smythe, then I agree.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:32 PM

Thats the other thing that concerns me...is playing the same the same teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs. It can get stale, and you dont create new non-div rivalries. I dont want to play the Flyers or Rags in the playoffs every year (if we even make the playoffs) as it can lose its fizzle (sorry for using that word).

I take it you weren't watching in the 80's and early 90's? From 82-87 the Rangers played the Flyers 5 times in the first round. Rangers won 3 and the Flyers 2. Was huge for building that rivalry.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:32 PM

All this needs now is to re-name the "divisions" back to Patrick, Smythe, et al.

This alignment is close enough in look and feel to those old divisions. It was a mistake for Buttman to ever change it following his NBA roots.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:38 PM

I take it you weren't watching in the 80's and early 90's? From 82-87 the Rangers played the Flyers 5 times in the first round. Rangers won 3 and the Flyers 2. Was huge for building that rivalry.


This isnt the 80s...
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:41 PM

I don't think the playoffs will get stale if we're playing the same teams.. You seriously want to tell me that even 15 years from now you'll be like "Oh the Devils are playing the Rangers in the playoffs? Yawn, wake me up when something new and exciting happens".. It'll be huge even if it happens every season
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