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NHL to vote on realignment this week

Mar 11, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

Fax machines will be whirring today (is that what they do? whir? whatever, they’ll be in use) as NHL clubs vote on the league’s realignment proposal.

It’s not clear when an official announcement will be made, but it shouldn’t be long. The NHLPA has already approved the plan.

Once again, here’s how the new NHL should look next season:


About those division names. A league source tells the Winnipeg Free Press that two of them will be different next season — the Midwest will become the Central, while the Central Division will get another, yet-to-be-determined name. (The Flortheast Division maybe.)

  1. buckyblackhawk - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The players for Florida and Tampa are a bit confused probably since most of their houses/apartments overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Tampa houses/apartments: not so much. Gulf of Mexico, more probably.

      • buckyblackhawk - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Which is connected to…the Atlantic Ocean. That really is not my point though, my point is more to JoeAvg’s idea of Patrick, Adams, Norris & Smythe.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Probably not much more confused than they’ve been for the last several years.. (or the players in Phoenix and Dallas in the Pacific division)..

  2. JoeAvg - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Hey here’s a novel idea! How about naming the conferences Campbell & Prince of Wales, ya know, like the trophies they present for winning them. And the divisions? Well how about naming them after some more of the games greatest builders: maybe Patrick, Adams, Norris & Smythe. What? Your average American basketball fan won’t understand? Who cares?

  3. hy3rid28 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    central is definatly the weakest… atlantic looks like a war zone

    • dieseldeej - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Detroit would be 5th in the “Central” division if this season’s points were used

  4. mclovinhockey - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    My Main concern is since the only reason this is happenings is so the jets won’t have to travel to Florida for divisional games. How is phx to van, Montreal to sunrise or Dallas to Winn any different? We just increase travel for all teams to help one?

    Oh and say goodbye to QC getting a team, the city most worthy of a team is also in the east so if the coyotes move it will be 13-17.

    • tfaltin - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      There’s going to be a lot of North-South travel miles regardless. The plan does help the East-West travel though, and will reduce the number of time changes which must be a factor for the most western teams. If the Sharks play at home on Saturday at 7 pm, then need to play Detroit the next night in Detroit, they lose 3 hours in addition to the travel. That’s a huge competitive advantage for the Wings. Extreme example, but plausible.

      • JoeAvg - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        They’re far less concerned about this than they are about when Detroit plays in San Jose the game out of prime time tv in the east. It’s all about the chee$e dude.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Correction, there’s going to be a lot of north-south travel for everyone not in the Atlantic.

  5. bleedingteal4life - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    And by Atlantic looking like a war zone, did you really mean pacific?

  6. smnick - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one longing for the NHL to bring back the old Conference and Division Names?!!!

    Prince of Wales Conference
    Patrick Division – NYR, NYI, NJ, PHL, PIT, WAS, CAR
    Adams Division – MON, OTT, TOR, BUF, BOS, DET, TB, FLA

    Campbell Conference
    Norris Division – WIN, MIN, CHI, STL, NAS, DAL, COL
    Conn Smythe Division – EDM, CAL, VAN, SJ, LA, ANH, PHX

    • valoisvipers - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      You forgot the Blue Jackets, just stuff them in any where? I’m sure their fans would appreciate that. As for the Old conference names they just don’t mean anything to anyone anymore. Anyways it doesn’t matter what you call them, I just wish they would reformat the playoff structure so that the 2 best teams can meet for the Cup. I can not stand this East vs West for the Cup thing. Do the first round as currently formatted(just to keep travel down and reduce the team count) but then do some cross over rounds by over all rankings. This way it is possible to have a Wings,Hawks Cup final or a Pens,Flyer Cup final or who ever is your dream match up.

      • dieseldeej - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Here’s an idea for CBJ, the “Midwest” Division instead of the Atlantic…CRYBABIES are coming to the EC on Detroit’s backs

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      You pretty much need all of Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota and St. Louis, otherwise, it’s not the Norris. As Detroit will no longer be there, well…

  7. buffalomafia - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    What about Phoenix? What happens if they relocate?

    • hrudey - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Tens of disappointed fans?

  8. dieseldeej - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Since this has been approved by the NHLPA, it will be the plan…However most the comments not liking this set-up are 1) The 16-14 split between the conferences, and 2) The Florida teams and Boston being in the “Central” Division…Here’s my ideas to fix both

    1) Columbus gets put back in the “Midwest” Division…Why them, and not Detroit?…Senority, and competitiveness…Toil in the WC (like Detroit has had to since 1998) and GET BETTER…Bettman should’ve told them “next” like he did Detroit

    2) The league should’ve split the EC by North/South…NYC would’ve been the dividing line, and you’re going to keep those 3 teams together, so whichever division they would be in would be the EC’s 8-team division
    NYC teams in a “Northeast” would look like this: NYR, NYI, NJ, OTT, MON, BOS, BUF, TOR…The “Southeast”: DET, PIT, PHI, WAS, CAR, TB, FLA
    NYC teams in a “Southeast”: NYR, NYI, NJ, FLA, TB, CAR, WAS, PHI…The “Northeast”: PIT, DET, TOR, BUF, BOS, MON, OTT

    As a Detroit fan, I would like the 2nd option

  9. ussportsfanuk - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    They could have split up all the Eastern and Central time zones into three Conferences and cut out virtually all of the North-South divsional travel and would have had to go no more than half way across the country for their divisional road games. I did a four conference set up that evened out travel for all teams and kept all the main current rivalries. It would also easily allow for relocation or expansion. The schedule plan is explained on my blog.

    Smythe: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Colorado, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Anaheim

    Adams: Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Minnesota

    Patrick: NY Rangers, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Chicago, St Louis

    Norris: Washington, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Florida, Columbus, Nashville, Dallas

    • smnick - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I actually really like this breakdown, but HOLY Patrick Division Batman?!!!

      12 of the last 21 Cup winners…18 of the last 38!

      • ussportsfanuk - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Would be a very tough division. As I wrote on the plan on my blog, the option would be there to move Pittsburgh and Philadelphia into the weaker Norris Conference and Columbus in to the Patrick, therefore spreading out the historically stronger teams.

  10. dieseldeej - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    The good things about it, the return of divisional playoffs, and home-and-home scheduling of the other conference…Both things were something the league got away from while Bettman has been Commissioner

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