Realignment: Did the CBA address this?
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01-25-2013, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
I hate to burst the bubble...
If keeping the current six-division, two-conference setup with the 6-4-18 scheduling were possible, wouldn't the NHL BoG's have approved it? No matter how much bellyaching, the divisional and scheduling status quo are no longer options (as long as the NHLPA agrees).
It strains the mind that there are complaints with the NHL-approved four-conference setup because the two Florida teams are inserted into the current Northeast Division, simply because the Lightning and Panthers would be flying over all seven of the former "Patrick Division" conference teams. However, some of the proposals here have the exact same problem, such as putting Minnesota and Winnipeg with the current Northeast Division teams, where the Wild and Jets would then be flying over many teams closer to them.
The end goal would be to create an alignment and scheduling matrix (and even playoff format) that would be approved by 20 franchises, realizing that it is a political process. We know how political it is due to the fact that Ed Snider, the most tenured of the owners, has swung his weight to make sure the 1980's Patrick Division stays intact.
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