Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Could the Preds be moved to the Southeast Division?

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?


  1. It would suck if Preds are moved to another division and conference. I could give up Detroit (let THEM move over to Eastern Conference), but I don't want the Preds to move. After all, Detroit USED to be in the Eastern Conference...maybe they'd like to get back over there, but Preds have established 'healthy' rivalries with CHI, ANA, and CBJ that I don't want to see changed.

  2. The weaker conference factor shouldn't really be considered. These things tend to go in cycles and could change any time. The Preds system could be a factor though. The Preds are currently built to go head to head with the Blues, Redwings, and Blackhawks. Would that not serve us as well if we don't take on those teams as often?

  3. I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this situation either way. There are certainly pros for going to the Eastern Conference. In my mind, there are pros for staying in the Western Conference. As far as the Preds style of play, I think their system could matchup well against every team in the Southeast Division.

  4. There are other possible teams to move to the East, but are there really any other possible teams that could move to the South East? Nashville is the only franchise in both the West and non-South East East that could really be classified as South East.

  5. as a caps fan it would be nice to see Nashville in the SE division.....nobody cares about Atlanta and why did they place a team there when they failed with the Flames already?? Geographically it makes the most sense to move Nashville. It would bolster the SE division with DC, Tampa and Nashville. It would emerge as a very competitive division.