According to Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night in Canada, the four conference plan is back with a couple of changes. After the jump is the video detailing the plan.
Let’s go over the most important part of this for Chicago Blackhawks fans — Conference 3 (I really hope they come back with better names for these conferences. Adams, Norris, Patrick, and Smythe, anyone?). Here is what the proposed conference will look like:
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Dallas Stars
- Minnesota Wild
- Nashville Predators
- St. Louis Blues
- Winnipeg Jets
Wow. Okay, so there are a few things that you may notice right away…
- Detroit Red Wings go East. This would leave the Blackhawks as the only Original Six team in the West and hurts the Chicago/Detroit rivalry that’s been a part of these teams’ history since 1926. This sucks.
- Columbus Blue Jackets go East, too. But now who will I mock? …Oh, right, the Jets. Ugh. Get to see those assholes at least six times a year. You’re not even the real Winnipeg Jets!
- Seriously, Conference 3 is the most boring conference. Look, I’m glad that NBC’s dream of a real Blackhawks/Wild rivalry might soon come to fruition. And, okay, it is going to be neat to have the
NorthStars and the replacement North Stars in the same conference. But, really, is there any way the Blackhawks don’t win Conference 3 (please name it the Norris Conference) for the next few years, at least? I mean, the Blues are the only really big threat right now, and that’s only if Ken Hitchcock can get the team to choke back their douchebag tendencies for long enough.
This realignment plan gets a big “meh” from me. What do you think?