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Personally, I like the change. Divisions are meaningless right now. This should make some serious rivalries. I'm just worried that they're not going to go far enough. I'd like the schedule to be heavily weighted to playing inter-division games.
Here is a better pic of what will likely happen. http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/813707/NHL-realignment-map_2011-12-03.png Personally, I say you switch the Pens and Flyers with the Florida teams but you don't want to break up the Pens/Caps rivalry. Also, the Florida/NE conference can be called the snowbird division which is pretty funny.
I think the idea is to have 4 teams from each conference make the playoffs. There may be some debate over it because it gives the 7 team conference a leg up.
1 solution would be to expand to Markham and Quebec...
I agree about naming the Conferences after people. I miss the Campbell Conf. and the Smythe division. Keeping the 2 Florida teams together in the same division would build rivalry, but matching them with the north??????? Atlanta and Dallas seem a better match.
Canadian retirees need something to do in Florida. I was in Florida a couple of years ago and went to a Panthers/Habs game. It was essentially a home game for the Habs. You could actually hear the anthem being sung in French.
The issue is that there aren't two team to take out of the other conference. You need the NY and PA teams together and you don't want to break up Pens/Caps.
QC can just join Toronto's conference when Phoenix moves there. It just switches the 7/8 team conferences.
This will also make the playoffs awesome. The first two rounds will be inter-division before the teams are reseeded based on regular season standings. Fantastic rivalries will be made.
I like the idea of a east/west conference and two divisions within the conference. I know the NHL wants 4 divisions, but I miss the way it was when I was younger. The east/west would be named after people who weren't players and the divisions could be named after players. The fans would get to choose the players names that would represent the divisions, kind of like the all-star voting system for baseball, and the owners would get to vote on the conference names.
So, I'm going to buy my first smartphone soon. I think I've narrowed it down to the Razr or the iPhone. The razr's hardware really trumps the iPhone but the iPhone is, well, the iPhone. Any thoughts or suggestions?
What is the mods general opinion on the following subject?
One of our mods <*cough*>abgemacht<*cough*> has just stated that outside of the game deals (threats, bribes, etc.) aren't "a big deal" to him and he wouldn't do anything about them. I have a problem with this. What about the other mods? How do you all feel? Is this a tolerable activity?
I have noticed that there tend to be a lot of games that have only public messaging or no messaging at all... I was wondering why people would even play this type of variation in the first place. it seems to me to be equal to playing a game of poker with only half a deck of cards...
What do you tell your enemies? And far-away lands?
I am aware, that most of the best players communicate actively and frequently with everyone on the map, no matter seemingly irrelevant or outright foe. I have some questions for you: 1. What do you discuss with the countries you are fighting? 2. What do you discuss with countries on the other side of the map?
Has anyone played this variant? How does it impact the game, overall? I can imagine the short-term consequences for France, Germany, and Italy. I'm more asking about the indirect consequences for E,R,A,T, and if there are statistics on how that affects the winner. Thanks in advance!