Originally Posted by Dakkster
But then it doesn't make sense to move them to the east in the first place.
I think it does. Expansion and/or re-alignment is still a big IF. The Coyotes have been bleeding money for a long time in Phoenix and the calls to move them are nothing new. Plus, if they move to Seattle (or expansion happens there) that makes Division A 7 or 8(w/expansion) teams.
Quebec City's arena is scheduled to be done 2015 and everyone assume they're getting a team once that's done but that could take until the 2016 season or longer and the project still could go off the rails. Toronto 2.0 is another thing that gets talked about a lot but there is no firm committment from anyone that I'm aware of to build the required arena.
Meanwhile, Detroit has been begging for years to be in the East and Columbus is struggling like mad. For at least the next 3-4 seasons they have the opportunity to be there. Also, even if either of these teams gets pushed to Division B I think they'll be ahead of where they are under the current system. Their divisional opponents will all be within 1 timezone and with the home-and-home with every team all teams will play a high number of away games outside their timezone.
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