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Steve Yzerman isn’t a fan of realignment proposal for Tampa Bay

Mar 3, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

Steve Yzerman, Vincent Lecavalier AP

When it comes to the latest realignment proposal by the NHL, we already know Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t much of a fan, but you can add the Tampa Bay Lightning to that list as well.

General manager Steve Yzerman tells Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune that he doesn’t like the hassle the latest solution puts his team through when it comes to travel and competition.

“And logistically if it gets done the way it appears to be proposed certainly having four original six teams in our division is something I think our fanbase would appreciate . . . but again the traveling crossing the border and flying above Carolina and Washington to play teams in our own division those are things that we don’t like about it for our organization.”

In case you forgot, Tampa Bay and Florida would be the outliers in a new division with Detroit, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Montreal, and Boston. Having to deal with customs and border crossings is a pain, but a kind of necessary one in the hockey world.

If I were Tampa Bay, or more accurately Florida, I’d be more worried about visiting fans trying to take over my home arena each time. There’s no shortage of fans of those teams on the road.

  1. silversun60 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I think you meant Florida would be excited for that. It would mean paying fans.

  2. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    i bet anyone that NHLPA blocks this proposal.

  3. antkowiak666 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I still don’t like the uneven amount of teams in the should be 15/15.

  4. Woody Bass - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Reblogged this on WB Version 3.

  5. kaptaanamerica - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    this will be great for the two cities as fans from the northern cities will make trips out there just to watch the games. Canucks fans migrate south for the annual California plus Phoenix trip that happens between xmas and new years. with the new division there will be a whole lot more fans making the trek to Cali.

  6. mclovinhockey - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    They would lose more money traveling to divisional games then they would traveling to games vs the Atlantic teams…. Not to mention losing more money that the few extra fans would bring in. The panthers lost like 13 million or more last year. This idea would just force both Florida based teams to sell soon.

    • tightbutth0le - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      That could be the idea though. Force Florida to move to Quebec City? Tampa on the other hand has had no problem selling out games and is competitive. It does suck for Tampa, but Florida could use a move.

  7. mathieug79 - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Instead of Whining about realignment, maybe Steve Yzerman should get tampa bay a couple of defensemen So HE DOESNT have to play MA Bergeron AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jeff20067 - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Looks to me like he was asked for his opinion and answered honestly. I don’t consider that whining. If you knew anything at all about Yzerman, you’d know that he never whines or makes excuses for anything. He is all class.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Yeah I know he’s all class, and I know he knows whats best for the team, and I know its not really whining, but Im a Tampa bay fan, and Im frustrated at the team they’re putting on the ice day in day out!, No way MA Bergeron is a NHL player. He’s by far the worst defensemen in the league, He can’t make a pass to get out of his own zone even if his life would depend on it. We have 2-3 very good defensemen prospects in the minors that are far better than him. Barberio, Gudas, Oberg even being a better option than MA Bergeron. All in All, they are trying to make Anders Lindback a true #1 Goalie, If you were him would you have any kind of confidence with MA Bergeron playing 15-18 min a game in your zone. Sometimes even shooting on you?

  8. uscthom78 - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    The truth is they ignored the florida teams when they came up with the realignment proposal. Either that or they received an F in Geography. Someone thinks Florida is Maine.

    • scoocha - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Quite simple: the needs of the many over the needs of the few. If the 2 Florida teams disappeared no one would notice. Same for Nashville and Carolina as well. In my opinion, Florida definitely doesn’t have a say. Tampa Bay has been competitive but who knows if there is long term potential for this city. A couple of terrible years and they may be in the same boat. Simple solution get rid of the southern teams.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        No one would notice? Tampa Bay now has 11 consecutive sellouts, I think its safe to say, that PHX, Dallas, Florida, Columbus are ALL in worst shape than the Tampa Bay lightning.

  9. steelers88 - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Just move TB over to the Atlantic Division and move Carolina to the Northeast division.

  10. basedrum777 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Until they figure out if they’re expanding, where and/or moving PHX why would they realign just to be “out of alignment” again in a few years? Just sees rushed to me…

  11. therealjr - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Now you know how we felt when we were yanked out of the Patrick division and put in this bucket of crap.

    The Caps

  12. ussportsfanuk - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I’ve done a new four conference realignment plan on my blog that has the Lightning and Panthers avoiding having to travel to the Northeast for their divisional road games. All four conferences would be split across two time zones which seems to even out the travel, especially for the Eastern time zone teams who all would have a similar schedule in terms of which time zone they’re playing in. The plan also retains all the main and historical rivalries and their is a different playoff format.

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