I am happy the NHLPA turned it down ,and like the way the division's are now ,and imo the NHL went overboard with the new realignment when all they had to do is switch either Columbus or the Nashville to the SE division ,and that's pretty much what the NHLPA thought as well not to mention the playoff format.
The NHL is at it's best right now ,and it would have been a tough division the Canes were going to anyway which i personally didn'tt like leaving our SE rivals to start with. The unbalanced divisions were also not a good idea either ,because nobody knows where the Coyotes are going or staying ,maybe Las Vegas/Kansas city/Quebec city/Seattle who knows ,but imo "if" they move from Phoenix Las Vegas has more potential investors ,and revenue potential than all the other city's combined ,and Quebec city has failed before. Kansas city has a new arena ,and would have an in state rival in the Blues ,and are still in the west ,as is Las Vegas ,so the realignment isn't an issue. Seattle has been mentioned ,but that's about all.
The moves by both side are imo "posturing" for the new CBA to gain bargaining chip for each side ,but as the Don Fehr stated before the owners voted that a "radcial" realignment would likely not be approved by the NHLPA with much easier solutions much more viable(moving CLB/NSH to the SE) so it seems the owners are trying to shove the move down the NHLPA's throat ,and imo the NHLPA may give back revenue and lower the cap ceiling and floor ,but they will not give up on the realignment if it involves unbalanced competition and travel.
This situation i doubt will result in another lockout with both side knowing what they lost on the last CBA talks meltdown ,and are now just getting back to where they were in TV rating's ,or slightly better ,so it will probably be more growling than fighting with both giving and taking ,but plenty of drama you can count on that. Let's hear your Canes fans opinion's on this ,and vote.
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