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Steve Yzerman isn’t a fan of realignment proposal for Tampa Bay

Steve Yzerman, Vincent Lecavalier

Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) is presented a silver hockey stick by the team’s general manager, Steve Yzerman, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. after Lecavalier played in his 1,000th game, all with Tampa Bay, earlier this week. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


When it comes to the latest realignment proposal by the NHL, we already know Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t much of a fan, but you can add the Tampa Bay Lightning to that list as well.

General manager Steve Yzerman tells Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune that he doesn’t like the hassle the latest solution puts his team through when it comes to travel and competition.

“And logistically if it gets done the way it appears to be proposed certainly having four original six teams in our division is something I think our fanbase would appreciate . . . but again the traveling crossing the border and flying above Carolina and Washington to play teams in our own division those are things that we don’t like about it for our organization.’'

In case you forgot, Tampa Bay and Florida would be the outliers in a new division with Detroit, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Montreal, and Boston. Having to deal with customs and border crossings is a pain, but a kind of necessary one in the hockey world.

If I were Tampa Bay, or more accurately Florida, I’d be more worried about visiting fans trying to take over my home arena each time. There’s no shortage of fans of those teams on the road.