|Nothing personal, Wings Fan.|
I've got one of these for each team
in the Central Division not
named the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Q . OK, once and for all, are you gonna get the Wings out of the Western Conference or not?
A . The commissioner (Gary Bettman) promised me I was next. We even had a meeting over lunch this past season, and he had all his people here, and he goes, 'Yeah, I promised Mike he'd be the next one to go in the Eastern Conference.' So I expect to be in next year. Jimmy D (Devellano) is on the phone every other week reminding them."I promised Mike"? Gulp.
It's widely presumed that the movement of Atlanta - an Eastern Conference team - to central time zone Winnipeg meant that an "eastern" team in the Western Conference would shift East. That would be Columbus or Detroit, although Nashville makes silly claims that it should go East while sitting in the central time zone. And the Blue Jackets are open and honest in their desire to shift to the East for reasons of travel, television and further growing the fan base.