The NHL is considering moving Winnipeg to the Western Conference’s Central Division and Columbus to the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division in the event of a shortened 2013 season, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
A four or five month season in the Southeast Division would magnify Winnipeg’s travel requirements, but a shift to the Central Division would all the Jets to play road games in their own time zone.
Columbus would also benefit from an easier travel schedule playing a shorter season in the Southeast Division.
The NHL approved a realignment plan that addressed Winnipeg’s move from Atlanta in December of 2011 only to have the NHLPA nullify it in early 2012.
Neither team made the playoffs last season, so neither team is expected to gain a competitive advantage if such a move is made.
Talk within NHL of flipping Winnipeg and Columbus for this year only pending future realignment…—
Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) December 28, 2012