Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado, Phoenix
Winnipeg, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Carolina, Washington
The teams in 7-team Conference will play each other 6 times. Teams in 8-team Conference will play some 5, some 6 inside Conference.
The first two rounds of playoffs will be played within each conference (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3).
EDIT: Correction… the realignment has been voted on and passed by the Board of Governors, but still needs NHLPA approval.
Some new tweets:
Elliott Friedman “1. Re-alignment requires NHLPA approval. 2. Playoff format for 3rd rd and beyond still not finalized. GMs to determine.”
Andy Strickland: “League source: ‘don’t get caught up in two confereces having 7 vs two having 8 teams…NHL may expand to 32 teams and all 4 will have 8 #NHL’”
NHL talking about mega-realignment
There’s been some talk in the last few weeks about realignment of the NHL. This news isn’t new, but I hadn’t really heard anything on it until now (it’s gathering steam as of late). Most assumed that meant that the Winnipeg Jets were going somewhere – either the Northwest Division or the Central division – and a team in that division might move elsewhere. Maybe 2 or 3 teams might move around. Well, sounds like the NHL is entertaining other ideas and one is getting some big consideration.
Remember the days of yore when there were 4 divisions and they were super easy to remember? Well, sounds like the NHL is considering going back to that based on a proposal Gary Bettman made to the NHL Board of Governors back in late June. The division names wouldn’t likely be names as they once were (Gary Bettman’s proposal suggested: Pacific, Midwest, East and South) but the NHL would consist of 2 conferences with 2 divisions in each conference again. One division in each conference will have 8 teams and the other would have 7 teams. The proposal suggests Continue reading 'NHL realignment may be bigger than once thought…'»