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What can be done to go East?

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I personally don't buy into that...The Red wings would be a solid team in either conference.

As for the long trips the players eventually get used to it during the reg season - although the playoffs can be rough.

Hard to say as well.

Since we fans have little to no say in this - whatever happens will happen.

My point basically was the fans shouldn't make claims regarding travel or just unsubstantiated claims like the one I did above. They are not based in any kind of fact and are mostly ones personal opinion. This decision won't come down to anything like that anyway's.

The move of the Atlanta Thrashers created some geographical problems for the NHL.

Commissioner Gary Bettman, according to one report, has a solution.

Bettman presented a proposal that would make the NHL a two-conference league with a total of four divisions, according to a report by Canadian media outlet QMI Agency.

Winnipeg will play the 2011-12 season as a member of the Southeast Division, which is where the franchise formerly competed as the Thrashers. Geographically, having a Manitoba-based team traveling to Tampa and Raleigh, N.C., on a regular basis isn't feasible.

Citing two league executives, reporter Bruce Garrioch said that Bettman's proposal, which was given at Tuesday's board of governors meeting, would establish four divisions: the Pacific, Midwest, East and South.

Each conference would have 15 teams, so there would be two eight-team divisions and two-seven team decisions under the proposal.

The NHL currently has six divisions -- the Northeast, Atlantic, Southeast, Central, Northwest and Pacific.

Also under the proposal, the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who have been vocal about their desires to move into the Eastern Conference, would likely get their wish, according to the report.

Both of those teams play in cities located in the Eastern time zone, so a move would theoretically increase TV ratings and possibly attendance, as well help build geographic rivalries and cut down on travel costs.

Red Wings senior vice president Jim Devellano, speaking to Sporting News' Craig Custance in May, was holding out hope that an Eastern move could happen for the 2012-13 season. “Fingers crossed, toes crossed, saying prayers,” Devellano joked.

Other details of the plan: the top four teams in each division would make the playoffs and each team would play a home-and-home against teams outside their division.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/feed/2011-08/nhl-realignment/story/report-gary-bettman-proposes-major-nhl-realignment-winnipeg-detroit-red-wings

Personally for me, the move to the east will suck. Living on the west coast will make it that much harder to actually watch my team.

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I think East or West has its pros and cons. I also don't think anything we do will affect the decision. It's kind of a contradiction to be such a diehard fan of team that you would boycott going to their games. That wouldn't make you a fan at all, actually. It's also kind of an empty threat seeing as if the team does stay West, the league knows people would eventually go back to the games if they just wait it out and do nothing.

Let's just see what happens. It would definitely be an interesting spin to see us going East.

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I personally love the late games that I get to watch, but I know that it's a major advantage especially in the playoffs for the team to not have to travel outside of their timezone. I think a major contribution to the 2008 Cup win and their near flawless play was the fact they never went further than the Central time zone in all 3 rounds (NSH, COL, DAL)

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i thought after this season the jets will move to the west where they should be and the wings will move east?

That's the plan though I could be shocked to see Columbus move east either.

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http://watch.tsn.ca/clip540742#clip540742

Interestingly, it sounds like the Wings have said they might stay in the West, if they reduce the number of trips to the west coast.

I don't understand this concession.... Does that mean we have fewer games against Western opponents? Or does it mean we have more home games than away games? Will this mean other teams get the same type of schedules? Or does that mean that we get the best schedule out of any team in the league?

THESE ARE EPIC QUESTIONS!!!

Could you imagine a 52 game home schedule?!?!?!

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I don't understand this concession.... Does that mean we have fewer games against Western opponents? Or does it mean we have more home games than away games? Will this mean other teams get the same type of schedules? Or does that mean that we get the best schedule out of any team in the league?

THESE ARE EPIC QUESTIONS!!!

Could you imagine a 52 game home schedule?!?!?!

Maybe a concession in the form of a "home & away" game series with each of the Original 6 opponents (with of course an exception towards Chicago), and then maybe less # of games against opponents such as Nashville/Columbus/St.Louis/Minnesota/Colorado/Dallas/etc/etc?

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The article I linked said "four division format is very much in play for 2012-13, with the four divisions being, according to Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch, the Pacific, Midwest, East and South. In this proposed format, teams would play a balanced schedule and the top four teams from each division would make the playoffs."

Another article I read which I can't find atm said that they would play each team in the league a home and home series, then the remainder of the games are vs only those teams in their division. This would accomplish the 1 western road trip mentioned.

Here is the divisions based on the one article I linked earlier in a visual format.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/508/divisionalchairs.jpg/

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Maybe a concession in the form of a "home & away" game series with each of the Original 6 opponents (with of course an exception towards Chicago), and then maybe less # of games against opponents such as Nashville/Columbus/St.Louis/Minnesota/Colorado/Dallas/etc/etc?

Surface level, the thing that comes to mind first would be replacing the 2nd road game against every team not in our division in the West with a road game against a team in the East.

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