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What they’re saying about NHLPA rejecting realignment

Jan 6, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

Tonight looked like it was going to be a run-of-the-mill evening of NHL action until Twitter just about exploded thanks to the stunning news that the NHLPA didn’t approve the NHL’s radical realignment plan. Some might contend with the notion that the players’ union actually rejected the realignment, including agent Alan Walsh:

source:  So what does this mean for the NHL, NHLPA, the 2012-13 season and terrified hockey fans and writers? Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting reactions on Twitter.

NHL teams might officially say that they’re not happy with the NHLPA, but outspoken NY Post reporter Larry Brooks has an interesting take on how some (or perhaps most?) teams might really be feeling:


Aaron Portzline suggests that isn’t true with every team, though:


The NHLPA as a whole might be at odds with that group of spurned teams, although the travel argument is creating some serious debate on Twitter. Bruce Garrioch provides some possible reasoning for the rejection nonetheless:


The factors are up to debate – especially if you are a natural cynic who doubts the honesty of press releases – but Dejan Kovacevic claims that it comes down to one man whose name is associated with terrifying labor stoppages:


There’s been plenty of snark-laced panic over the lockout-friendly implications of this move, but Adam Proteau walks us off the ledge a bit:


Finally, TSN’s Darren Dreger concurs with Proteau’s sentiment and probably sums up an almost undeniably uneasy future for the next CBA:


In other words, it should be awfully entertaining, even if it’s in a rubbernecking-at-a-car-accident kind of way. Let’s hope that the 2012-13 season isn’t lost in the wreckage, though.

  1. 8man - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    I thought we were past the help telling the house what to do. I don’t have a horse in this race. Align, re-align, don’t align, my team plays in the EST. Whatever.

    I’ll say this, there are a bunch of guys playing in the AHL who’d be happy to take a plane anywhere to play in the NHL. And at any time.

    • paperlions - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      The players aren’t the help; they are the talent…the reason the league exists and the reason people watch games. The “owners” are just the facilitators of talent exhibitions…why should no-talent extortionists make more than the talent we all pay to see?

  2. vanfoodman - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:37 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.’

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Bruce Garrioch’s source?…Bruce Garrioch. This guy used to be on Hockey Night in Canada’s Sattelite Hotstove every week starting the most ridiculous rumors, there was no way most of them had ever been discussed by anyone, but I think Bruce liked to dream big. That’s probably why he’s no longer on there.

  4. pastabelly - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I hate the proposed reallignment. Other than Montreal and Buffalo, there’s a bunch of teams I can’t get excited about. We’d only see the three teams closest to us (200 miles) once each.

  5. finfan88shark - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    As a Sharks fan I hate the realignment as well. The playoff seeding is and was stupid. Playing your own division 7 times, then have two playoff series against your division. And what in the end could be 50 games against just two opponents in one season. 1 x7 regular season games plus 1 x7 playoff games x 2 opponents is just way overboard.

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Couldn’t agree with you more, FinFan. In order to play a playoff series against anyone but the teams in your division, you’d have to make the equivalent of the conference finals. STUPID. Never understood what the NHL was trying to accomplish with this, but I think most fans would be largely unhappy with it once it played out.

      We have enough of those Vancouver d-bag fans coming to our building as it is. Any excuse to keep them and their moose back across the border is good by me.

  6. finfan88shark - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Sorry that would be 28 games against just 2 teams is way too much.

  7. dadawg77 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    This is simple, Fehr can’t give this owners anything for free right now. Also this might push the NHL to the negotiating table quicker then the end of the current CBA allowing enough time to get a deal done before another lockout.

  8. rgledz - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM


    Cry me a river. The biggest rival for the Wild is 2 freaking timezones away. They played their first road game in their own timezone in December! East coast snobs get on my nerves. Try dealing with the insane travel that the midwest teams deal with and get back to me. Wild fans can’t hardly catch a game that starts before 9pm. It makes an insane amount of sense to have Minnesota, Chicago, St. Louis, Winnepeg, Dallas, Columbus and Detroit in the same conference. They’re all within 7 hours of each other and these teams can enjoy the cushy schedule that the east coast teams benefit from year in and year out.

  9. mydadyourmom - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Someone’s gotta fill that dump in San Jose, might as well be people who are interested in hockey.

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Haha, yeah, quite the “dump” we have out here. Just don’t bring your food stamps and try to buy food in our palace, yeah douchebag? 😉

  10. trbowman - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Excellent decision by the NHLPA.

  11. muttbolts - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    @ rgledz, sorry to say but there are four teams with miles traveled above 50,000. La with 55,000. Tb 43,000. Min 42,000. Shut up

    • rgledz - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      Muttbolts……..4 teams??? Over 50,000??? You listed 2 other teams and one of them is below 50,000 which kinds of proves that you”re not the brightest bulb on the tree. Soooo…….shut up.

  12. mikemj - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    How old are you guys?! 12?! The days of divisional playoffs rocked–much better than what we have now. Give it a chance–it makes for better and more memorable rivalries.

  13. buffalomafia - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Just have two 16 team conferences where top 16 make playoffs #1 seed plays#16 seed?

  14. muttbolts - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    There are 12 teams with more miles traveled than the wild.lot of bitchin over nothing

  15. muttbolts - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    The reason I put tb and min is to show you my team had more miles traveled.sounds like your a crying idiot.

  16. rgledz - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    The main point is the division games. How many division games do the Lightning play at 10pm eastern????? I’m gonna go with none. Idiot.

  17. coldplay519 - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Typical union behavior: cut off your nose to spite your face. Just wait until the next round of Collective Bargaining begins, folks.

  18. muttbolts - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    If min could keep a team they wouldnt be in that spot now would they.

  19. rgledz - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Ya, you’re right. The fans personally lost the North Stars. If you were a hockey fan before the Lightning came into the league you would know that the fan base had nothing to do with the team leaving. Norm Green wanted out of town because of a sexual harassment lawsuit. Gary Bettman has repeatedly said that he never should have allowed Norm to take the Stars. Being in that hockey hotbed in Tampa Bay I thought I’d get you up to speed since you’ve probably been a hockey fan for a whole handful of years now. I love hearing from a hockey expert who probably can’t even skate.

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