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by George Malik on 06/25/11 at 05:03 PM ET
Per Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika, the NHL really does plan on drastically realigning its divisions and conferences:
NHL exec said to expect dramatic realignment in 2012-13. Four time-zone based divisions, two with eight teams, two with seven.
Board of governors to discuss realignment at December meeting.
As a Red Wings fan, I’ll say it: “Yes, please.”
Update: The Sporting News’s Craig Custance confirms that the league’s seriously thinking about making a major shift:
“There will be. I can guarantee you. It will be more dramatic,” an NHL executive told Sporting News on Saturday. “It will be realignment of the whole league. It will be a different format. I think it’ll please a lot of people.”
There are currently three Western Conference teams—Detroit, Nashville and Columbus—that would like to move East and a restructuring of the NHL may satisfy that demand.
“The fact remains that there are three teams that should be in the East that are in the West,” the executive said. “The only way you can make everybody happy is by restructuring the whole thing. That’s what they’re working on.”
The leading plan calls for the league to be divided into four divisions—two with eight teams and two with seven teams. The plan is expected to be finalized during the December Board of Governers meetings.
“I’m just happy we’re discussing it. Maybe there’s a way for Detroit and Columbus to get in the East,” said Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson. “I’m glad we’re all open to it. We’ll see where it all goes.”
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