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Realignment on hold — NHLPA concerned with travel and playoff structure

Jan 6, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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The NHLPA maintains it had no choice but to withhold its consent to the league’s radical realignment plan.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the union was concerned about the extra travel the plan would necessitate, as well as the fairness of the new playoff structure.

The union was willing to keep discussing the issues, but the NHL set a deadline of today for schedule-making purposes. When the deadline arrived and there were still unresolved issues, the union withheld its consent.

And here we are.

  1. vanfoodman - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    This has nothing to do with travel concerns. It’s all about a power play by the PA. No changes this major will get done until the CBA is settled. The league took a provocative position by intimating the PA had no say in realignment and now the PA is saying ‘oh, yeah, just watch us.’

  2. buffalomafia - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    They should have two 16 team conferences & top 16 make playoffs.

    Then like the NHL did back in the day have the #1 seed play #16 seed!

  3. buffalomafia - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Buffalo, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Pens Boston & Philly in Mafia division

    Tampa, Florida, Carolina, Nashville redneck division

    Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnepeg, Vancouver, Edmonton Ottawa & Maple Leaf division

    Red Wings, Blackhawks, Minnesota, Columbus, Colorodo, Dallas Frozen Tundra Division

    Kings, Sharks, Ducks, Phoenix in the Hollywood division

    • dggjr - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      I would add a division – the who cares division Columbus, Anaheim and Edmonton belong there

  4. buffalomafia - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I forgot Washington & St Louis?

  5. watchfullhose - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Gfy pal

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