Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thrashers to Winnipeg...and CBJ to Southeast Division?

Here are the links.  Read for yourself.
For those not interested in clicking around, here is the pertinent information for Columbus Blue Jackets fans, from the Pioneer-Press piece:
Wild fans should pay close attention to the Atlanta Thrashers' situation. That team could wind up in Winnipeg as early as next season. If that should happen, one of the contingency plans being discussed behind closed doors is a shifting of three teams to different divisions:

The new Winnipeg team moves to the Northwest. The Columbus Blue Jackets slide into Atlanta's old spot in the Southeast. And the Wild replace Columbus in the Central.

At first glance, it appears as if Nashville is the Central Division team best suited to move to the Southeast. But unlike Nashville, Columbus is in the Eastern Time Zone, the same as the other Southeast teams. That's a big deal in terms of TV schedules and travel.

Of course, everything is subject to change. But this particular scenario makes so much sense that, according to a couple of people with knowledge of the situation, even the league sees it.
There's quite a bit of scuttlebutt that these articles jumped the gun. I'm in no position to judge. Take it all for what it's worth.  And cross your fingers.


  1. You are on a roll today DBJ! Well done!

  2. Wow... what is (or, I guess, would be) with the NHL putting all the Canadian teams in one division in each conference?

  3. That Pioneer Press link is invalid. They must have pulled the story. No sign of it in their archives either.

  4. Strange, I just checked and the link worked. Regardless, I'm glad I cut-n-pasted the CBJ-appropriate content!


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