Wild welcomes regional rivals in NHL's realignment

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 12:22 AM

 

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duluthfanMar. 15, 13 8:06 AM

I'm surprised nobody's commented on this yet. This is awesome news! Now the Wild play against towns that make sense, finally, and the casual fan can get a little more excited about divisional wins. How does, "Did you see the Wild beat Chicago last night?" sound versus "Hey did you see that game against Calgary? Oh you know, it's in western Canada. Yeah, it's in Manitoba. Oh whatever." All I can say is I am pumped to see the Wild play road games that don't require me to stay up past my bedtime. ;)

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JRBMar. 15, 13 8:52 AM

My only question is what took the NHL so long to do this? Still, better late than never.

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april24Mar. 15, 13 9:26 AM

Realignment is sweet and long overdue. Having Elk River host Hockey Day is also very cool. If you haven't been to the Handke pit, you need to check it out. When it's snowing out it's Norman Rockwell to a "T." Just gorgeous. This will definitely be a special Hockey Day because of the unique location.

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jackstpMar. 15, 1311:43 AM

The only bad thing is the Red Wings aren't in the division.

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imperialmanMar. 15, 1312:23 PM

The realignment is such great news! I predict the newest rivalry is going to be with Nashville

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northstars91Mar. 15, 1312:29 PM

As a former dedicated North Star fan, the LAST team I want to watch is the Dallas Stars. All it does is bring back bad memories of losing our team. Disappointed that Detroit wasn't included, the old Norris Division was the best, Bettman should have left it alone.

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duluthfanMar. 15, 13 1:27 PM

northstars, you think there shouldn't have been a realignment? I agree that it isn't perfect, but to have Winnipeg in the Southeast division and us in the Northwest was just plain dumb. This is great for Wild fans and good for the NHL, maybe not great for a few teams that are losing some big rivalries, though.

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giggityMar. 15, 13 2:05 PM

Glad to hear Craig Lie-pold is soooo concerned about fans watching Wild hockey games at a suitable times on TV, yet half the viewing public doesn't buy pay television, so they won't be watching anyway. We the people paid for the play pen down in St Paul; we the people ought to have the opportunity to watch the Wild for free once in awhile. Perhaps the arena should be paid for with taxes on pay television and leave the rest of us out of it. Stop being so GREEDY Craig; put some games back on 45.

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caferevMar. 15, 13 2:44 PM

That Yeo, always the optimist. PMB played a strong game last night??? Hmm. I guess if you compare it to the way he's played the rest of the season, perhaps. But compared to Zucker, or any other Wild player on the ice last night? I don't think so. Like it or not, PMB has no place on this team.

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caferevMar. 15, 13 7:01 PM

@NorthStars91 If you really ARE a former die-hard North Stars fan, then you'll know that the Red Wings were never really a rival. How do I know? Because I lived and breathed the North Stars since I learned how to walk. And the real, true North Stars rivalries? The Blackhawks and Blues. Nothing compared to the hate for those two teams. In fact, in one Sports Illustrated piece years ago, they ranked the North Stars/Blackhawks rivalry as the most hated in all of pro sports. Now, Winnipeg looks to be ripe for a sick rivalry as well. But Detroit? Why would they care about the Wild or vice-versa? They want rivalries with the Bruins and Sabres and Canadiens and Maple Leafs. Remember, rivalries go two ways, and the Red Wings could care less about the Wild.

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