HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 09:01 AM
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From the article:
Don't get too excited -- yet -- about the possibility of the Detroit Red Wings moving to the NHL's Eastern Conference as part of a proposed realignment for next season.
CBC's Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday night that the Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets could be moving east. He said the Wings would be in a division with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Saturday he had not heard anything from the NHL about Detroit moving east and declined to discuss the matter again before Sunday's 8-3 win over Vancouver.
Those talks must begin soon, because if there is going to be realignment next season, work will have to begin in the next month or two to come up with a schedule.
The status of the Coyotes is another concern: Will they remain in Phoenix or move to Seattle or Quebec City? Now they're supposed to remain in the West in the realignment, but a move to Quebec could affect that.
The players also have had concerns about unbalanced conferences, which the NHL might have to address. The plan reported by Friedman would have 16 teams vying for eight playoff spots in one conference -- the East -- but just 14 teams vying for eight playoff spots in the West.
A spokesman for the NHLPA declined comment Monday.
How, when, where this will end up?
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