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.
They had a streak in there where they made the playoffs 25 straight years and have been to the playoffs more times than they haven't in their history. They've also meet up with Detroit a lot. Yes, it's true that they haven't been to the Stanley Cup finals since 1970 but they have been a rival with Detroit for 30+ years because the Blues have always been in playoff contention outside of the 5 or so year stint after the lockout.