133871600By now, you're probably well aware that the NHL has announced a fullscale realignment that will see the dissolution of the 2 conference, 6-division system in favour of 4 conferences, officially bringing an end to months and months of speculation, lobbying, and discussions.
As a West Coaster, I couldn't be happier with how these discussions ended, primarily because they ended. My God.
On Twitter, some have pointed to the results of this alignment as evidence that the NHL cares very little for the West. There's a case to be made. The league broke up their best rivalry -- Vancouver and Chicago -- with seemingly little remorse. Worse, the two conferences with 8 teams just happen to be the westernmost conferences, leading to the assumption that this was done to ensure that the marquee Eastern teams have a better shot at playoff spots.
But, to me, this is silly. The lost rivalry was a necessary casualty in a geography-based realignment. And as for the conferences, this seems more anRead More »from What realignment tells us about the league’s opinion of the West