Winnipeg Jets Should Trade Places with the Nashville Predators: Idea for the NHL

July 9th, 2011 by Evan LeBlanc Leave a reply »
During the course of the news cycle that focused on the return of an NHL franchise to Winnipeg (before I saw that they were renamed the Jets, which I completely support), I was struck with a strange idea.

I thought about the notion of Winnipeg playing in the Southeast division as impractical, based on what I had been taught about geography as a young child. It simply didn't make any sense to say that Winnipeg was located anywhere near Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay or Washington. 

I know that the logic behind the Eastern and Western Conferences is not perfect, but I still believe that the possibility of a swap between two teams is not unheard of.

With that in mind, I would like to argue that Nashville and Winnipeg should switch places. Winnipeg, which is currently in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, could switch with Nashville, located in the Central Division of the Western Conference.

I admit that the location of these cities is definitely a contributing factor. Winnipeg is a relatively central city in North America, and Nashville is clearly in the Southeast. However, there are some hockey related factors that also pl ...

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