The Red Wings can go to hell. Theyve always been a Western team and have always had great success and fan support. To throw the rest of the league into the toilet just so they can be in the Eastern Conference is ridiculous
Yeah, it's absolutely ridiculous the NHL broke up the Detroit-Chicago rivalry just because the Red Wings whined. Really, there should be 15 "Eastern" teams and 15 "Western" teams and Detroit should be in the division with Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Dallas, and Colorado. The Red Wings would have only one division rival 2 time zones away and most of their rivals would be 1 time zone away...which isn't that different than what the Detroit Tigers and to a lesser degree the Detroit Pistons face in division road games in their respective sports. Having 15 teams in each conference would also address the playoff imbalance issue.
Also, IMO Florida and Tampa Bay should be in the East Coast division with the Devils, Rangers, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals, and Hurricanes while Pittsburgh and Columbus play in the division with Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Boston.
Finally, though I don't like the 4 division setup, if you're going to have "wild-card" playoff teams, then have a divisional playoff setup like what was in place from 1982 to 1993. Like most people, I'm not super-keen on that setup (though I remember the 1982 to 1993 days and that playoff setup really wasn't that bad), but it makes more sense then having teams play a divisional playoff format against teams not in their own division when the regular season schedule will be imbalanced and heavily tilted towards playing teams in their own division.
Edited by CHIP72, 08 March 2013 - 07:50 PM.