Originally Posted by M2
Red Wings fans don't seem to be carrying that same torch. They miss the Maple Leafs and they seem really enthusiastic about gaining Montreal and Boston as direct rivals. At least that's the impression I get.
No offense to the Blues, but they haven't seen a Stanley Cup matchup since 1970 and they've only been to the conference finals twice since. That franchise needs to up its profile before it can claim a truly meaningful rivalry. To its credit, it's moving in the right direction these days.
Much as the NHL doesn't need to thin out its already thinned out talent, two more teams in the west looks inevitable. It's really three because Phoenix has to move at some point. Seattle and Kansas City look like the first choices. I've always thought the NHL should trade its Nashville franchise to the NBA for Milwaukee.
Anyway, expansion is great for the existing teams in the conference as it's roughly five years of two soft opponents.
Red Wing fans will miss The Hawks for sure, but Toronto and Montreal will more make up for that loss.
The Wings will play less during my watching time and for that I am sad... but I don't feel bad about losing any of the rivalries and since The Aves got crappy there has been very little to get excited about when it came to blood battles