Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I know that On Frozen Blog would like this idea and CapsNut would not, but after seeing Japer's Rink post on the Las Vegas Penguins, I thought this up.

Central Detroit Red Wings , Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus BlueJackets, St Louis Blues, Kansas City Penguins

New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals

Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators

It would do two things. It would make a road trip to division games easier, and most importantly, piss the Pens fans off.

On another note. My wonderful wife and I are going to watch the Caps play Carolina with Ted Leonsis.
He invited DCSC and guest to the game. I am lucky enough to be "guest". I wanted to get ideas on things to ask. I have my list, but any other pointers would be helpful.


At 9:13 AM, Blogger Caps Nut said...

First of all, Detroit has the right of first refusal to move from the Western Conference into the Eastern Conference should such a switching of Conferences occur.

Secondly, Nashville is in the Central Time zone. Detroit and Columbus in the Eastern Time zone. So even if Detroit declined to move into the Eastern Conference, simple geography dictates that Columbus would be next in line ahead of Nashville to switch conferences.

Basically the only way the Caps are ever going to rejoin the Atlantic/Patrick Division is to move/fold the four other teams in the Southeast Division.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Sweet said...

I was wondering if you guys had done that yet. You'll have to tell me what it's like you fancy folks you.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger chanuck said...

Caps Nut: It was a play on what I heard on XM. Someone made the point that Atlanta was much closer to Nashville than DC. Plus like I said I so would love to see the Pens move, anywhere. I would throw a party, everyone will be invited.

Sweet: Nope this Friday. Liz or myself will give a full report. Nervously anxious.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Netsy said...

I've heard the Move-Nashville-To-The-Southeast-Division idea mentioned many times before over the past few years. And quite frankly, it makes a great deal of sense, even if it's never going to happen because of the first reason mentioned by the Nut.

But if the Nut knew anything about "simple geography", he would realize that Nashville is just 215 miles northwest of Atlanta, whereas Washington is about 540 miles from Atlanta. True, Nashville is further away from the Canes than the Caps are, but not as far as the Caps are from the Thrashers. (That last sentence made my brain hurt.) What I'm getting at is that Nashville is closer to the other Southeast teams than Washington is.

And what does the Central Time Zone have to do with anything? Heck, Detroit isn't exactly "Western" in today's NHL, but they're in the Western Conference. What would be so wrong about Nashville being in the Eastern Conference? They're still east of the Mississippi, after all.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Caps Nut said...

Really? Well, Columbus is 203 miles from Detroit. That's closer than Atlanta and Nashville are.

Maybe we can relive all those great debates we heard about the Atlanta Braves being in the NL West and the Arizona Cardinals residing in the NFC East...

Thanks for playing!

At 11:14 PM, Blogger chanuck said...

My point is that the Washington have nothing in common with The Southern teams. We are and always will be closer to Philly, Pittsburgh and the like.
I understand the reason for the Detroit and Columbus matchup. They are pretty close (164 miles)and there is already a built in rivalry between the two areas. University of Michigan and Ohio State.


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