Blackhawks: Could a Coyotes relocation bring back one former rival?

Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks maybe could have a reunion with one old rival if the Arizona Coyotes are relocated after this season due to the city terminating their contract with Gila River Arena. NHL Divisions might need to see a minor change if the Coyotes relocate to some other city.

One team that would be fun to see in the Central with the Blackhawks again would be the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings left the central division after the 2012-13 season to go out east in a swap that changed things for the NHL. The Blue Jackets and Red Wings went to the east, and the west got the Winnipeg Jets in return. The entire realignment did its best to make sure teams were playing in the same time zone more often.

If the Red Wings were to come back to the central, it would be something fans would love to watch on a nightly basis. Detroit and Chicago have a great rivalry, and with both franchises trying to build up their team to its former glory, the games would be fun to watch next season.

Plus, Detroit does have some great rivalries with Colorado, so there is a lot to like with this team potentially coming back to the west. Obviously, nothing is for sure, and this is all speculation, but I wanted to talk about how much fun it would be to see Chicago and Detroit face off more than once a season.

This past year was great for the rivalry as the two teams battled a lot during the division realignment for the shortened season. I like watching the Blackhawks play teams like Detroit on a nightly basis and in the playoffs. Unfortunately, unless the two teams make it to the Stanley Cup Final, they will only meet each other twice a year during the regular season, as things stand right now.

Hopefully, the Arizona Coyotes will figure things out to stay in Arizona. I actually wrote for the Coyotes FanSided site Howlin Hockey, and their fans are really cool people that deserve a hockey team. If the team does end up needing to move where do you think they will go?