Posted February 24, 2013

Report: NHL, NHLPA discuss new realignment plan for next season

NHL

The National Hockey League and their player’s association are discussing new plans for realignment for the 2013-14 season which would move the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings to a proposed Eastern Conference from the Western Conference. Any plan for realignment must be approved by the NHL Board of Governors.

According to the CBC and MLive.com, in one eight team conference would be the Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.

Another eight-team conference would include Carolina Hurricanes, the Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

One Western seven-team conference would have the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The other Western seven-team conference would have Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.


9 comments
mtgassr
mtgassr

Love it.  I don't understand the rejection this idea gets. Teams that should be playing each, are.  It also sets it for NHL expansion with Seattle and Kansas City getting teams, which is my bet.  I know some hate the idea of expansion and some believe the NHL already has too many teams.  But it's a professional sport.  It's about money and TV.  So don't expect for teams to disappear and may as well start excepting that we won't be staying at 30 teams for long.

GokartMozart
GokartMozart

This is really dumb. Break up Chicago and the Red Wings? Terrible idea. And why St. Louis? Geographically, I think it makes more sense to make the Predators join the east. Having a Tennessee based team play in a division with other teams in the southeastern US. What a novel idea.

RayLeo
RayLeo

This is the most idiotic idea I have ever come across! The simple solution here is to move one team from the west(which should really be in the east anyway)such as columbums chicago or detroit to the east and move the obvious team the Winnipeg Jets to the west. Granted under this idea the team moving east would have to go into the southeast division but its better than having to travel to Winnipeg. The sad reality here is the NHL tried to get too big too quick by adding teams in markets that do not make sense. All of issues which are brought up by the moronic leader of the NHL Gary Bettman. The problem always starts at the top which is clearly the case with the NHL and a change needs to be made. Until then, we will continue to see moronic ideas like this one which frustrates the hell out of passionate fans like myself

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

This is all well and good until they want to expand to 32 teams and have to move those teams back, as they will again be the western most teams. Quebec is going to get an expansion team in the next 2 years. All their ducks are in a row to make that happen. If they put a team in Seattle or Kansas City it'll be just one moving conferences, but if they do move forward with another Toronto area team then that imbalance remains.

Pierre1
Pierre1

I used to love the NHL but the last ten years have killed the sport. A work stoppage that lost an entire season. Expansion has watered down the talent. And losing the contract with ESPN has cost the league valuable exposure. Maybe something like this can help bring back some excitement. The league needs it.

BobMcNally
BobMcNally

As a Red Wing fan, I'm all for this!    With more than half their games played in the other time zones, we don't get to watch many games. And come playoff time, it's worse as the games don't start until 10:00 pm EST.

 

Hey NHL- do something good and make these moves!

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

 @mtgassr The expansion team is going to go to Quebec City. So one of those teams is going to have to move back to the West once that happens.

 

The Quebec group has all their ducks in a row. They have a major media conglomerate backing the team and the new arena that is currently being built. I think Seattle is in good shape as well, but odds are they are getting the Coyotes.

mtgassr
mtgassr

 @GokartMozart The whole point is using Time Zones.  Nashville is central.  This is the whole reason why Detroit has been unhappy with their current situation. 

David Roman
David Roman

 @BobMcNally Check you facts red wings fan.  You play half you games at home and some in Columbus; therefore, you play slightly MORE than half your games in the Eastern Time Zone.