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by Paul on 10/31/11 at 08:47 PM ET
from Anthony J. SanFilippo at the Times Herald,
The Flyers and bitter rival Pittsburgh Penguins are on the same team for once — and this isn’t a late Halloween hoax.
The two teams are joining forces to challenge a proposal supported by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that would realign the divisions in the league beginning next season and as a result have the two team split up in different divisions.
Bettman’s plan, which would have to be supported by 20 of the 30 members of the league’s Board of Governors, would reduce the number of divisions in the league from six to four — creating an eight-team and seven-team division in each conference.
In the East, the Flyers would remain with the New York Rangers and New York Islanders as well as the New Jersey Devils, but would also add the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers to their division.
The Penguins would be shifted into a division consisting of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators.
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