Last season, NBC Sports decided that to put a national spotlight on "RIVALRY NIGHT". An interesting concept, but like most things involving the NHL and television, it failed in epic fashion.
Rivalry night turned into "Whatever teams are playing each other on Wednesday nights". The Wild and Blackhawks playing for one installation was probably the best, considering there has actually never been a rivalry between these two teams.
Unless you consider Patrick Kane calling Ryan Suter one of the best defenseman in the league, and the Wild team in general "a dangerous team".
If the NHL insists on making up rivalries, the least they can do is let the fans decide who those forced rivalries are going to be. Today, you guys get to decide who the biggest #conferenceIII rival will be for next season.
Chose wisely, because this rivalry cannot be undone until the end of next season. We are going to live up BIGGEST DIVISION RIVAL, and try to have some fun with whichever team/SBN blog gets the most votes here. Voting will be open until 11:59pm CST Friday, July 26th 2013.
Here are your choices, and why/why not they should be chosen. Pick the team that you absolutely do not want to win a single game in the next season. Make sure to explain your choice in the comments, you may end up convincing someone else too!
- Why they should be the Wilds biggest rival- Close drive, games between the two teams are always entertaining, players on both teams gush about the players on the opposing team (this might be a negative).
- Why they shouldn't be the Wilds biggest rival- It's going to be tough to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Maybe we should start small? Also, some of their fans make Wild fans look smart.
- Why they should be the Wilds biggest rival- the Avs are the only team from the division that now has a Kardasian baby named after it to relocate with the Wild to #conferenceIII. Dater is really fun to troll.
- Why they shouldn't be the Wilds biggest rival- Well, they are the Avs. With the exception of Nathan MacKinnon, it doesn't appear that they have improved their roster from the team nearly finished with the worst record in the league last season. What fun is a rivalry with a not that great team?
- Why they should be the Wilds biggest rival- The North Stars relocated there. The Wild play some of the worst hockey in history in the American Airlines arena. Added some good players to their roster and could be a pain in the butt team in the next few years.
- Why they shouldn't be the Wilds biggest rival- With the addition of Tyler Seguin, the entire roster may party to hard to actually show up to games next season.
- Why they should be the Wilds biggest rival- They are still horribly upset that Suter "stabbed them in the back and left Nashville". Even though Shea Weber SIGNED AN OFFER SHEET WITH ANOTHER TEAM TO TRY AND GET AWAY. They whine a lot too, which could be fun (see the post on the Wild signing Blum).
- Why they shouldn't be the Wilds biggest rival- Do you really want to actively root against Matt Cullen?
- Why they should be the Wilds biggest rival- They play big, bad bigboy hockey. This could easily turn into a team that every single player and fan wants to ship to Edmonton.
- Why they shouldn't be the Wilds biggest rival- I'm not sure I've ever run into an actual fan of this team. Also, St. Louis really sucks.
- Why they should be the Wilds biggest rival- Uh, Zach Bogosian's hit on Pierre-Marc Bouchard still pisses off just about every Wild fan. They stole Michael Frolik from Chicago (So what if he was traded. He could have come here!) Close drive, horrible fans. They now have Devin Setoguchi, so fans that hated him can now cheer against him and not feel bad.
- Why they shouldn't be the Wilds biggest rival- With nearly a million players scheduled for arbitration and a laughably small amount of FA players signed, it's possible they won't have a full roster for next season.