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#21 devilsfan26

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 01:33 PM

Yeah so like I said theoretically the difficulty of each divisions will fluctuate, but as the Southeast has proven that hasn't really been the case.  At least with the new realignment, the Southest division is being split up, but obviously some divisions will still be tougher than others.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:54 PM

Wrong thread.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:58 AM

Metropolitan division?  Terrible.  Sounds like something that would be used in the WNBA or Arena Football.  


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

Metropolitan division?  Terrible.  Sounds like something that would be used in the WNBA or Arena Football.  


Yep...what a horrible name, doesn't even sound like it belongs in the NHL. I picture a peewee league.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:55 AM

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From what I’ve been told, Commissioner Gary Bettman pushed for both the geographic names and specifically for the Metropolitan Division as a solution for a basic problem: How do you name a division that covers Canada to Florida?

One thought: Keep the Atlantic the Atlantic and rename that Frankenstein’s monster-of-a-division as the Eastern Division. But that would have clashed with the conference name.

So Metropolitan was seen as the way to go, with Atlantic being the catch-all geographic distinction for the other division.

Thus begins the endless jokes about the division name, which has probably already been re-christened the "Metrosexual Division" by the rest of the NHL.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 09:51 AM

I agree moving teams to the divisions in their area (like the Jets to the West) but all these name changes etc.....too much.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:36 PM

I agree moving teams to the divisions in their area (like the Jets to the West) but all these name changes etc.....too much.

I don't think it's that many changes.  The Pacific and Central Divisions already existed, they just renamed the Northeast Division to the Atlantic so that it can make sense to include the Florida teams, and they came up with a new name for our division.  Also I don't see why Metropolitan is such a bad name.  Sure it can be used to describe any city, but we aren't talking about cities, our division is the most metropolitan of the four divisions, so the name fits. 

 

Everyone is complaining about this, but does anyone have any better ideas?  I couldn't think of any.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:07 PM

The new playoff format is horrendous. This is old MLS playoff bad. Amazing how the NHL changes more important aspects of the game then any of the other top 4 leagues. What a joke.
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Posted 21 July 2013 - 12:14 AM

I don't think it's that many changes.  The Pacific and Central Divisions already existed, they just renamed the Northeast Division to the Atlantic so that it can make sense to include the Florida teams, and they came up with a new name for our division.  Also I don't see why Metropolitan is such a bad name.  Sure it can be used to describe any city, but we aren't talking about cities, our division is the most metropolitan of the four divisions, so the name fits. 

 

Everyone is complaining about this, but does anyone have any better ideas?  I couldn't think of any.

Mid East.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:57 AM

Mid East.

Eh I don't know, I've heard of people refer to the midwest, but never the "mideast."  I think that sounds kinda forced.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:07 AM

The new playoff format is horrendous. This is old MLS playoff bad. Amazing how the NHL changes more important aspects of the game then any of the other top 4 leagues. What a joke.

I love the idea of divisional play-offs, but hate the potential cross-overs at the bottom.  Just go top-4 in each division.  If you finish 5 and have a better record than the 4th place team in the other division, then too bad.  Just like in the NFL when a team misses out on a wild-card with a better record than another team that wins their division.  Thems the breaks.


Mid East.

That would be worse than Metropolitan considering what most people in this country associate with the Mid-East.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:27 AM

The Mid-Atlantic and the Snowbird Divisions.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

I love the idea of divisional play-offs, but hate the potential cross-overs at the bottom. Just go top-4 in each division. If you finish 5 and have a better record than the 4th place team in the other division, then too bad. Just like in the NFL when a team misses out on a wild-card with a better record than another team that wins their division. Thems the breaks.

That would be worse than Metropolitan considering what most people in this country associate with the Mid-East.


But the problem is at of all of the things that has been right with the NHL for a long time now has been the current playoff format. I just don't see why they had to "fix" something that wasn't broken.
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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

But the problem is at of all of the things that has been right with the NHL for a long time now has been the current playoff format. I just don't see why they had to "fix" something that wasn't broken.

If we were on the west coast, we might have been saying the playoffs were broken.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

If we were on the west coast, we might have been saying the playoffs were broken.


I don't buy that argument. Since 1994 when they switched over the format the Western conference teams won 11 times compared to the eastern conference winning 8 times.
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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:02 PM

I don't buy that argument. Since 1994 when they switched over the format the Western conference teams won 11 times compared to the eastern conference winning 8 times.

The west has also been better though, imo. We've been one of the few consistently good franchises, and there have been a couple of stacked teams in the west (Colorado and Detroit especially). 


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:48 AM

I think this really illustrates what they did...

 

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:38 PM

But the problem is at of all of the things that has been right with the NHL for a long time now has been the current playoff format. I just don't see why they had to "fix" something that wasn't broken.

I disagree.  The divisional play-offs were great in the 80s and early 90s.  Rivalries were much more intense.   Plus, the problem with the current format is in most cases teams are better off finishing 6th than finishing 4th or 5th.  When you finish 6th, you are more likely to draw a weaker team in the first round than if you finish 4th.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:42 PM

I just don't understand why Fla and Tampa are in Atlantic instead of Metro and Pitts & Columbus are not in Atllantic


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:03 PM

There's no way Pittsburgh and Philly were getting split up, nor should they.  The object wasn't to get all of the Easternmost teams in the same division at the expense of rivalries.


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