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You’d have to think Carolina hates realignment

Dec 6, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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We had you vote on who you thought the winners and losers of realignment last night but there’s one loser worthy of more attention. With how the teams are shuffled about into four new conferences, the one team that loses out especially hard are the Carolina Hurricanes.

Look at what the Hurricanes have now. They’re in a division with Tampa Bay, Florida, Washington, and Winnipeg. That would at least give them a punchers chance of battling through the dregs of the Southeast to make a run at a playoff spot.

Now they’re tossed into the remaking of the old Patrick Division. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, New Jersey, Rangers, and Islanders. Sure the Islanders seem weak now, but they’ve been building for the future ever since Garth Snow took over as GM. They’ll be good in short order. Then they’ll have to deal with both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby along with the Rangers and Flyers as well? Forget about it.

Perhaps this is why Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told CBC’s Elliotte Friedman about his 20-team playoff proposal. Carolina might need the postseason to involve 20 teams to get a shot at it in the future. If Devils GM Lou Lamoriello says it’s going to be hard, you’d better believe it.

It was reported last night that the final vote on realignment had 26 teams vote in support of it and four against it. If the Hurricanes and owner Peter Karmanos weren’t one of the “no” votes on this arrangement, we’d be stunned.

  1. furkmyster - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Boo hoo Carolina. There position being a top seed in the conference when they barely had more points than 8th a few years ago is a reason why this new realignment is good. 6 divisions with weak sisters in them is gone after this season, and it can’t happen soon enough.

  2. badkalamari - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    At least they won’t have a long flight to worry about after having the stuffing beat out of them…

  3. tkovacs2 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Something tells me they’ll be pretty stoked at the box office, seeing as they’re paired with huge road draws in the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, and Capitals.

  4. mnhockey4life - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Perhaps Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford should focus more on making his own team better and follow the models for success that the rest of the teams in their new conference have followed recently to build for the future. Sorry you will no longer be able to get into the playoffs with a roster full of bums. No one feels bad for you Carolina!

  5. bcisleman - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    NYI fans were bummed as well…until I pointed out that the NYI would actually be 2 points CLOSER to a playoff spot under realignment.

  6. cmutimmah - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I think the Wings, Stars, Wild and Blackhawks would have already clinched their Conference playoff berths….

  7. phileyoung - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    I heard Carolina voted for realignment on Twitter

  8. Brian - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    You mean, Carolina will have to try and be a competitive team to make the playoffs now, instead of repeatedly making bonehead moves like re-hiring Maurice, signing Kaberle, relying on the worst top 6 on D that money can buy, thinking Brandon Sutter can be a second line centre, and on, and on, then relying on the relative weakness of their division and a hot goaltender to give them a shot at a run in the playoffs? Oh no!

    • danphipps01 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      You missed “paying Eric Staal to play like Sidney Crosby, then watching in dismay as he plays like Scott Gomez.”

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