Not picking on you Curt, your post just happened to lay out several things I disagree with and is a reason I don't like the realignment
Travel-wise, it's better for teams.
If you're not in the Eastern Conference "Central" Division. More specifically: if you're not named Tampa Bay or Florida.
Two divisions in each conference is much better than three.
I don't think that's obvious. At least with three divisions it's five teams each. Not this awkward numbers business.
Glad the Blues are in the conference with fewer teams.
Yup. Still unfair that, statistically speaking, Eastern Conference teams (and players) will have a lower chance of making the playoffs. Burns me.
Wish Detroit wasn't going to the east, but whatever.
Yea I think Detroit and Columbus being moved to the East was a huge reason the NHLPA approved the deal. Bettman will love having Detroit playing the Maple Leafs, Bruins and Canadiens all the time. Four of the "Original Six" in one division? That's his wet dream. Blatant gamesmanship to structure it that way but I'm not surprised.
They should have contracted two teams to make each conference even, but whatever. They are just setting themselves up for expansion in the future.
Can the NHL even support two more teams? If so, where? I'm honestly asking haha. Quebec and Hamilton? idonno
Not that I should be surprised but it's all about the money. F*ck Tampa Bay, F*ck Florida, we need to have our precious "Original Six" formula stuck with and force-feed the matchups we want to see happen; namely Pitt-Washington and the East Coast, then the aforementioned "Original Six" set up. Whatever