I don't care what was said in any posts or in previous talks at the meetings. The Wings have desire to move east and alot of pull. If the West with the exception of the Wings wants them to stay, and all of the East wants the Wings to move east, that means 16-14 Wings win and go East.
Plus if they move the Jackets east, I will burn their building to the ground. Then we will go anyways.
The Western teams will vote to keep Detroit in the East, and most of the East teams really don't care all that much, so they will probably vote to with the other Western teams. It would be better for league economics to keep Detroit in the West, which is why it will be Columbus going East.
Detroit has a huge impact on attendance in the West, but would have minimal impact in the East. They would be playing a lot of their road games in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal & Buffalo, where the seats are already full.
Also, motions need a 2/3 vote of confidence from the board to pass, so at least 20 votes are needed.
Edited by MacK_Attack, 05 March 2007 - 08:54 PM.