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PHT readers name biggest winners and losers of realignment

Dec 17, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

Once word circulated that the NHL’s Board of Governors approved a radical new four-conference alignment, the hockey world immediately began breaking it down. PHT decided to poll the masses to see which team was the biggest “winner” and “loser” from the alteration, so let’s take a look at the results now.

Biggest winner

1. Detroit: 417 votes (29.12 percent)
2. Minnesota: 196 votes (13.69 percent)
3. Dallas: 126 votes (8.8 percent)
4. Winnipeg: 121 votes (8.45 percent)
5. Boston: 98 votes (6.84 percent)

Total votes: 1,432

As you can see, the Red Wings were the clear “winner” of realignment according to fans. The Boston Bruins were the highest ranked “East” team at fifth place. It’s a bit surprising that the Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t ranked a little higher (they garnered 67 votes). The Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators received the lowest amount of votes with two each.

Here are the full results (you’ll need to zoom in … a lot).


Biggest loser

1. Florida: 228 votes (19.13 percent)
2. Carolina: 168 votes (14.09 percent)
3. Tampa Bay: 167 votes (14.01 percent)
4. Winnipeg 62 votes (5.2 percent)
5. Detroit: 54 votes: (4.53 percent)

Total votes: 1,192

The margin of victory wasn’t as large, but the clear losers were the Florida Panthers. Interestingly enough, the only current Southeast Division team outside the top five was the Washington Capitals, who received 46 votes. The Los Angeles Kings (four) and Calgary Flames (three) received the lowest amount of votes.

Once again, prepare to squint/zoom:


Did PHT readers get it right? Talk amongst yourselves.

  1. pastabelly - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    How are the Bruins winners? There are three teams within 200 miles of the B’s and none are in the same same division.

  2. cup0pizza - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM


  3. rca26 - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Entitled Detroit fans pretty much get their way and still consider themselves losers in realignment. Unbelievable.

    • rca26 - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Or 54 of them, at least.

    • polegojim - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      Probably 54 bitter and jealous fans… just like you RCA26.

      20 straight post seaon appearances can do that I guess.

      Let’s GO RED WINGS!

      • rca26 - Dec 18, 2011 at 1:15 AM

        Why would people who don’t like the Red Wings vote for them as the biggest losers of realignment?

        I don’t even…

  4. donttouchthedirtypenny - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    How are the Jets losers? They got moved to a better regional alignment.

  5. bigbear42 - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Washington is the biggest winner in that now theyll see their biggest rival more times per year and they dont have to see Tampa as much

  6. polegojim - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Great job guys. I like the realignment.

    The east…may as well just hand Boston the Division Title. Will the Sens EVER be relevant again?

    The central will help Dallas become more relevant nationally. I’m going to enjoy seeing the Red Wing v Blackhawk rivalry heat up.

    The atlantic can ride their bikes to divisional games, and will see Pens/Caps canibalize each other. Delightful.

    The pacific will win Pres Cups…. but no Stanley Cups.

  7. Jeff - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Columbus, as the most Eastern team in the Western Conference, and Florida, the Southern-most team, received my votes as winners and losers respectively.

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