There's been a lot of talk about Winnipeg lately. Most of that was directed towards the possible relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes. Now that it's been decided that Phoenix is going to have another year in Arizona, that speculation has been moved towards the Atlanta Thrashers.
Let me first start by saying that I'm not an advocate of any team being moved that has passionate fans. I've been through that process when the speculation surrounded the Predators. However, it's looking more and more like the Thrashers could be moved.
If Atlanta does end up being moved, what does the NHL do with the division alignments? Winnipeg cannot be placed in the Eastern Conference. It wouldn't make any sense and it wouldn't work. So who has to be realigned?
I think it would either be the Predators or the Columbus Blue Jackets that would be sent to the Southeast Division. I wouldn't expect this to happen until the 2012-2013 season if Atlanta moves. There is a possibility that Nashville could be moved to the other conference. If they were, would you be ok with that?
The natural answer is that the Eastern Conference is a weaker conference than the Western Conference from top to bottom. Using that argument, the idea of moving to the Eastern Conference would appeal to some Preds fans. On the other side, Nashville has finally established themselves as a legitimate contender for the Central Division title, and to the Western Conference championship.
Just think. Nashville would only play the Detroit Red Wings a maximum of two times a year if they were realigned. As a long time Preds fan, that would suck. All of the rivalries that the Preds have established would be gone. In a sense, it would be a new start for the Preds as far as the rivalry aspect went.
There is still a lot that has to happen for this to take place, but it is in the realm of possibility. What do you think? Would you be ok with the Predators moving to the Eastern Conference?