NHL realignment in 2012 - This is a concept everyone can embrace as hockey fans.
It's clearly a great set-up for the Dallas Stars as their days of playing teams two time zones away are over. When I was the Stars' beat writer here in the mid-to-late '90s, this team had strong rivalries with (then Central Division opponents) Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago. Those are restored in the plan adopted by the league's Board of Governors.
Throw in Minnesota fans and their continued hatred of Dallas for "stealing" their team. A new division rivalry is born.
Here's hoping the league - forward thinking in so many areas now - goes old school and brings back the Norris, Patrick, Smythe and Adams names for the four conferences.