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Old 12-07-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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No general issues with the geographic element. Would rather have it be 2 conferences of 2 divisions and have playoffs be top 8 teams in each conference. Like the current playoff format better than when it was strictly within the division for first 2 rounds.
Would also like Toronto in division with Chicago and Detroit to have more original 6 rivalries.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:14 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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What I'd like to see (regardless of Phoenix)

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Old 12-08-2011, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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What I'd like to see (regardless of Phoenix)

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I don't think the owners would support this. Why would St. Louis give up games versus Chicago and Detroit. It locks up too many money teams in one division. The South division would be a financial disaster.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:38 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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I don't think the owners would support this. Why would St. Louis give up games versus Chicago and Detroit. It locks up too many money teams in one division. The South division would be a financial disaster.
Financial disaster?

I don't think it would go that far.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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Most analysts will tell you that Florida teams apparent attendance disadvantage will be mitigated by snow birds attendance.

I'm not sure if Dallas and Carolina are in nearly the same fix as the Florida teams are in terms of fanbase, but it would definetly put a certain ceiling on interest in the league unless one of them became an powerhouse.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
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Most analysts will tell you that Florida teams apparent attendance disadvantage will be mitigated by snow birds attendance.

I'm not sure if Dallas and Carolina are in nearly the same fix as the Florida teams are in terms of fanbase, but it would definetly put a certain ceiling on interest in the league unless one of them became an powerhouse.
Dallas has serious attendance woes. They're attracting slightly more people per game than Phoenix, and are dead last in terms of percentage of tickets sold. Carolina seems to be attracting reasonable amounts of people.

Maybe it's the snowbirds attending Florida and TB games - somebody's going - they're not in bad shape, really.

2011-2012 NHL Attendance - National Hockey League - ESPN
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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Dallas team has a rough go, Dallas loves sports but only football as a religion. Everything else, you have to put out.

Very normal frankly.

More to the point, I don't watch hockey very often but might start to do so more with the realignment. Caps fans are jacked to be playing old Patrick division foes again. (In DC we look north not south)
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Manila
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As a Minnesota Wild fan, I'm ecstatic at our new division and the fact that we have the Winnipeg Jets in our division!

I'm sure our division of Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Stars, Red Wings, Wild, Predators, Blues and Jets will be AWESOME to watch in the future!
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:58 AM
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Dallas has serious attendance woes. They're attracting slightly more people per game than Phoenix, and are dead last in terms of percentage of tickets sold. Carolina seems to be attracting reasonable amounts of people.

Maybe it's the snowbirds attending Florida and TB games - somebody's going - they're not in bad shape, really.

2011-2012 NHL Attendance - National Hockey League - ESPN
That's from losing seasons, bad ownership (changed this season), and.... even when Stars are winning, yes, they're still in Cowboys country.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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The Stars used to be towards the top in attendance. Back in the day, the Reunion Center and AAA used to pack the place. Stars fans were everywhere.
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