Dec 6, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT
While there’s still some red tape to take care of, Dec. 5 marked a big day for the NHL as the Board of Governors approved a four-conference realignment. Naturally, this will lead many to name “winners” and “losers,” so let’s take it a little further by crowning the biggest ones.
Food for thought: Jesse Spector opines that losers are hard to find. The NHL’s press release dictates that leading factors in realignment revolved around travel, rivalries and even time zones. Dirk Hoag punched up the numbers to find out how realignment might affect teams from a travel standpoint.
Feel free to make your judgment based on whatever factors you’d like, though.
Poll 1: Which team is the biggest winner?
Poll 2: Which team is the biggest loser?
- Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract 8
- Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov 8
- Brandon Saad brings championship experience to Blue Jackets 20
- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 21
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 71
- Locked in: Columbus signs Saad to six-year, $36M deal 27
- Oilers sign McDavid to entry-level contract 29
- ‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’ 17
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick 73
- Voynov takes plea, gets 90 days in jail plus probation 66
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
- Trade: Flyers send Rinaldo to Bruins for 2017 third-rounder (105)
- Trade: Jackets land Saad; Anisimov and Dano headed to Chicago (93)
- Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’ (90)
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick (73)