As you all know, the NHL released the schedule for the 2013-14 season today, you can check out Matt Sexton’s post to find out more about that. In this particular post, I am going to discuss the other bit of news that was released today along with the schedules. Today the division names were also announced, the Atlantic division, Central Division, Pacific Division, and Metropolitan Division. Yes that is right, the Columbus Blue Jackets will now be in the Metropolitan Division.
When this news came out, I tried to be active on Twitter and take in all the different opinions out there about the new division name. Here are some of the tweets that I saw out there about the new division the Blue Jackets will be joining;
— Ghost at Nationwide (@NWAGhost) July 19, 2013
I honestly don’t hate Metropolitan. It’s not perfect but it’s not too terrible.
— Mark Erickson (@RedditCBJ) July 19, 2013
I’m OK with Metropolitan. Thoughts?
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 19, 2013
I might have been okay with the name, until I read how NHL.com introduced it in their article;
The Metropolitan Division includes the three New York-area teams…
So, I concluded two things from this statement:
#1 Conclusion: They named this division, the Metropolitan Division, because two (three if you count NJ) teams out of eight are in the “New York Area”. Majority…doesn’t rule I guess.
#2 Conclusion: The NHL has even more serious problems than a goofy division name…they completely forgot about the Buffalo Sabres. I understand that they may be speaking of the “New York Area” as NYC, but hopefully they realize that New York is much, much bigger than just NYC. Sorry Upstate New York, no one really thinks you are part of New York.
Enough of my conclusions, I want to hear more from you, the great fans of Columbus!