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?
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal 43
- Subban not eager to discuss contract talks 33
- Leafs re-sign Reimer — two years, $4.6 million 21
- Gorges still can’t explain falling out of favor in Montreal 13
- Eller, Habs agree to four-year, $14 million contract 10
- Cory Sarich hospitalized following cycling accident, expects ‘full recovery’ 7
- Stamkos shrugs off talk of LeBron-like homecoming to Toronto in 2016 31
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain 45
- Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal 39
- Zuccarello takes Rangers’ one year, $3.5M deal 42
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 (69)
- Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation (61)
- Report: O’Reilly wants $6.7M deal, Avs counter at $5.5M (58)
- Return that toaster: Ovechkin-Kirilenko engagement broken off (54)
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain (45)