Realigning the NHL’s Original Six? Sign Me Up!

June 22nd, 2010 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
The National Hockey League released its 2010-2011 regular season schedule earlier today. It is tough not to be excited, because hockey is that much closer to starting again. There is also the outdoor games (as flawed as they are), hockey days in Canada and America, and the rematch for the Hawks against Philly in January. But looking over Chicago's schedule showed one glaring weakness- where are the Original Six games, especially at home?

As a member of the Original Six, Chicago should be facing the other five teams every season, period. It is a travesty to the game that Montreal, New York, Boston, Detroit, Toronto, and Chicago cannot engage in relishing their elite membership in hockey with at least one clash during the regular season.

Each original gets to play some, but not all of the founding clubs. Boston does not get to play Chicago or Detroit. Chicago plays no one besides New York and division opponent Detroit. The Rangers, Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins, and Wings get to play everyone, but not necessarily at home, where fans would go to see these match-ups. At least give them all a home and away series to play fair.

As home to the Stanley Cup ...

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