So, the schedule for next season and the new division names came out a few days ago, and the masses don’t seem to be happy. Everyone is weirded out by the “Metropolitan” division, the one in which the Washington Caps are.
I’m not in that boat. In fact, I really don’t care at all. The only way I would have had any reaction at all to the division names is if they were to do something like what the Big Ten NCAA football conference did, which is name their divisions “Legends” and “Leaders.” That’s just going out of its way to be dumb.
The Caps will be in the Metropolitan division with Columbus, Carolina, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and both New York teams. In a perfect world, the NHL would contract at least two teams, that way each division would contain the same amount of teams. Currently, the two divisions in the West, the Pacific and Central, have only seven teams each. Both the Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions of the East have eight teams. This is due to the fact that the Eastern conference has less traveling to do, due to the geography of the cities. I’m fine with that, but this league is overinflated, and has been since the ’90s.
I’m really excited to get a quasi-revival of the old Patrick division, specifically so I can continue to hate New York and Philly sports with all my heart. The Rangers, to me, have become the biggest rival of the Caps, and I’m ecstatic to keep the bad blood brewing.
Next season needs to start now. Arguing and whining about the division names is the surest sign of that.