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Working On Realignment

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"The last two weeks we’ve been in constant communication with the NHLPA on realignment issues," deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Tuesday. "We’ve been exchanging information and we’re trying to get to a resolution as soon as possible." 

Time is of the essence because the league’s schedule-maker needs to get going on next season’s matrix. 

If all goes well between the NHLPA and NHL -- the two sides are slated to meet again next week -- the NHL could have a realignment framework for the 30 owners to vote on the week of Feb. 25. Similarly, the NHLPA would run the realignment plan past its executive board (30 player reps) for approval. 

Several team executives and governors contacted by ESPN.com Tuesday were in the dark about what the league was determining for realignment. And just what exactly the league and union have been working on the last two weeks, neither NHL nor NHLPA officials would divulge Tuesday. But it’s believed the framework is a slight variation from the December 2011 realignment format. And when I say variation, I believe there are a couple of teams that have been switched around from the original December 2011 format.

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What about Phoenix? If they vote on Feb. 25th and realign, does that mean the NHL will continue to own them for another year?

Posted by redwingsnsd on 02/12/13 at 11:43 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

I don’t want the 2011 realignment. 8 teams in 2 “conferences” and 7 in the other is unfair to the 8 if that’s where you are going to come out of in the playoffs (which is why MLB is no 15-15). Keep the 2-3-5 (conf-div-teams) format we have right now, move Winnipeg to the NW, Minnesota to Central, and Nashville to SE and figure out a way that 33% of the schedule or more is in-division games. Otherwise, announce 2 expansion teams, tie up the Phoenix situation by moving them to somewhere, and then go 2-4-4 where top two in each division go into the playoffs and the conferences span the country ala the NFL.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/13/13 at 09:44 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

“I know our fans have spoken loudly about wanting to be in the East,” Blue Jackets president John Davidson

As a team that has existed all of 13 seasons ( one of which was canceled ...thanks gary) , and who’s continued existence seems only slightly more likely than Phoenix,  I hardly believe your team JD, is in any great position to dictate who gets moved to the Eastern Conference.

  As a team that has been completely mismanaged and who’s track record in drafting ( top 10 or better in the 1st Rnd almost every year) is abysmal at best. I suggest JD spend his time on the teams on ice performance, and worry less about which conference the team “plays” in.

Yea…..if only the Blue Jackets were in the East, the team would be more successful…..

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/13/13 at 01:12 PM ET

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