The Colorado - detroit (fuck 'em) rivalry is dying out. It's been dead on the ice for a number of years, largely thanks to the Avs' lack of competitiveness and lack of playoff appearances in the last decade. We as fans will always despise the red jersey-ed numbskulls who grace us with their stink at the Can regularly. But especially as detroit shifts over to the Eastern conference, the on-ice match-ups will mean little more than those against any of the 50 or so other Eastern teams.
So I ask you, the fine members of the MHH community, which new division opponent do you think will be the Avs' next most hated rival? Will it be the all-too familiar Minnesota Mild? Do the Dallas Stars pose a threat to renew the hatred of the late '90s? Avs and Blackhawks games are always fast and fun to watch, but some of the recent match=ups have resulted in some bad blood. Could that grow into something more significant? What about the other Conference III teams: the Jets, the Perds, and the Blues? Will the Avs be competitive enough yet for anyone to even take notice?
If the Avs were in the Pacific division as we believed they would when talks on realignment began, I would have said the San Jose Sharks posed a legitimate threat to be our next rival. As is, I'm going with Chicago. As the optimist that I am, I think the Avs will fight for the top of the conference over the next few years (how could they not, when they have the Almighty Matt leading the team?) and games with the Hawks will quickly become much less friendly. Leave your thoughts in the comments, or don't.