NEWARK, NJ - FILE: Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers in action against the New Jersey Devils during a preseason hockey game at the Prudential Center on September 25, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The 28-year-old Boogaard was found dead May 13, 2011 in his Minneapolis, Minnesota apartment, according to published reports. Details on his death weren't immediately reported. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Realignment talk has hit the NHL! Although SportsCenter and ESPN will only spend two minutes discussing it, we care a lot more about the changes.
Personally, I must admit to being hesitant about the first round being in division only, but I do see how the playoff matchups will become increasingly intense. Imagine playing the Penguins, Flyers, or Capitals two years in a row in the first round? Three years? Intense.
Talking to a few Islanders fans I know (yeah, big mistake, I know) they seemed pretty upset about being in a conference with the Rangers, Penguins, Capitals, Flyers, etc. One has to wonder if this will affect the Islanders chances of a new arena.
Don't forget to contribute your thoughts for the '94 documentary!