Quick Thoughts on NHL Realignment

Matt Lee

Matt Lee has been a Canucks follower and a prototypical Canadian for years; it started on the streets by playing road hockey before and after Vancouver Canucks games and it's brought him here. After graduating from SFU with a BA in Communications and a minor in History while serving as the student newspaper's sports editor for two years, Matt is now a student at BCIT's Broadcast Journalism program in hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster.

  • http://twitter.com/tomwakefield88 Tom Wakefield

    Nice work, but we’re going to have to disagree re: competition.

    I think the bias thing is overblown. MLB has had a 16/14 split in their conferences for years, and that’s never been seen as a big deal. And you haven’t taken into consideration that this realignment addresses the fact that Phoenix is likely moving after this year, probably East, possibly to Quebec City (which would make the Conferences 8/7, 8/7). And if you take a look at the playoff teams since the lockout, I think you’d be surprised to see how little this realignment would impact which teams have qualified for the post-season.

    Re: Conferences that are a “joke” to you - weren’t Montreal and Buffalo playoff teams last year? Strengths of teams, conferences and divisions ebb and flow always – look how easy the Canucks have had it in their current division the last few years. It’s the nature of the unbalanced schedule and divisional format that teams sometimes experience a fate they do not deserve. If you want real parity/fairness, every team would play in a 30 team division, where they play each other the same number of times (home and away), and travel the same amount of distance. That’s about as likely as CHB sex tape starring Clay.

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