The 2012-13 NHL season stands to be a fair and balanced place, a throwback to the days when the league enjoyed its finest hour on the North American stage.
The Winnipeg Jets are the responsible party, forcing a change in the league’s alignment when the franchise uprooted from Atlanta during the offseason.
Rather than attempting the simple solution of trading Winnipeg’s vacated spot in the current Southeast Division for geographically logical Nashville, the Board of Governors elected for a compromise solution to appease both Detroit and Columbus, two teams that expressed interest in moving into the Eastern Conference.
“This is not a subject that everybody is going to get their first choice on,” Bettman told reporters after the recent Board meeting. “(But) what you try to do is come up with something that everybody can live with.”
The result is a drastic realignment solution that is exactly what the NHL needed to do for the league to re-engage its devout fan base – but more importantly, to regain a resemblance of its most popular (read: 1980s/early 1990s) version of itself.
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