Are the Thrashers moving to Winnipeg? It's all up in the air right now but speaking from an admittedly and strictly personal perspective I certainly hope so. I have nothing against Atlanta but I would DEARLY love to see the NHL re-align the conferences, which would be a certainty if the Thrashers move to the Great White Up. Here's Mr. Wyshynski on that subject:
• Obviously, if the Thrashers move, the next skate to drop will be realignment. Here's a take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, and which team could be headed back East should Atlanta leave: "One could make a case that the conferences are more about time zones than pure geography. For Columbus and Detroit, being the two Eastern Time Zone clubs in the Western Conference means playing 30-plus road games out of time zone, including eight games that are three time zones away. That makes for lots of 10:30 starts, which can be difficult for non-vampires. Nashville, in the Central Time Zone, never plays a road game that starts after 9:30 p.m. local time." [Puck-Rakers]Leave the Blue Jackets in Columbus and move Dee-troit, please. The Jackets are about 60 years away from bein' any kind of contender while the travel schedule just KILLS the Wings, year after year after year. And just think: I could get back to REALLY hatin' on those Leafs. Win-win.
• Here's a long article looking at the Thrash, the Coyotes, Winnipeg and Columbus Blue Jackets realignment to the East. [The Cannon]