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Vote for the biggest winners and losers of NHL realignment

Dec 6, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

While there’s still some red tape to take care of, Dec. 5 marked a big day for the NHL as the Board of Governors approved a four-conference realignment. Naturally, this will lead many to name “winners” and “losers,” so let’s take it a little further by crowning the biggest ones.

Food for thought: Jesse Spector opines that losers are hard to find. The NHL’s press release dictates that leading factors in realignment revolved around travel, rivalries and even time zones. Dirk Hoag punched up the numbers to find out how realignment might affect teams from a travel standpoint.

Feel free to make your judgment based on whatever factors you’d like, though.

Poll 1: Which team is the biggest winner?

Poll 2: Which team is the biggest loser?

  1. rainyday56 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Phoenix the biggest losers no matter what. Having said that, they’ll probably win a cup before the Canucks do.

  2. beerjunkie - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    I like this realignment and playoff structure.

  3. muttbolts - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Bs for the bolts and panthers.enough said.

    • cshearing - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      I voted for Tampa being the loser simply because I cannot think of another option. I do believe, however, that these Florida teams are happy to get so many games against the Canadian teams; they often seem to have the biggest crowds for those.

  4. cup0pizza - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    Realignment is great from the perspective of a Dallas fan. Finally. The travel will be a little less of an ordeal, as well as having to endure playing boring teams like Phoenix seemingly 50 times a season.

    • davebabychreturns - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Heh.. enjoy playing divisional matchups with the Wild.

      • mnhockey4life - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

        I’m not sure what you are getting at from your post…. however, if you are trying to argue Dallas playing the Wild five or six times a season is as bad as Dallas playing Phoenix five or six times a season your argument is a complete joke. Apparently you are ignorant to the fact that Wild fans are still very bitter about the North Stars ditching town. Every time the Dallas comes to St. Paul Wild fans pay close attention. The games actually mean something. I hope you are not stupid enough to try and say Minnesota vs. Dallas rivalry is similar to Minnesota vs. Phoenix.

      • mnhockey4life - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM

        Dallas vs. Phoenix****

  5. vshehane - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Great for Nashville. Fewer 9:30 starting times in the west.

  6. comeonnowguys - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Aside from the obvious Detroit and Columbus, most teams from the Central and Mountain time zones are big winners.

    IMO the Florida teams are the big losers.

  7. somekat - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Boston is the big winner, they can stamp a spot every year with that “conference”

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