Feb 24, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; General view of the Honda Center exterior before the NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Anaheim Ducks. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New NHL Realignment Plan


On February 14th, I reported to you guys about a new realignment plan being discussed. Well, the NHL has now released what the new plan is. In the link above you can find the original plan that was proposed last season. Here is the new realignment plan (courtesy of prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com):

“Eastern Side”

Conference 1

team.teamCommonNameCarolina
team.teamCommonNameColumbus
team.teamCommonNameNew Jersey
team.teamCommonNameNew York Islanders
team.teamCommonNameNew York Rangers
team.teamCommonNamePhiladelphia
team.teamCommonNamePittsburgh
team.teamCommonNameWashington

Conference 2

team.teamCommonNameBoston
team.teamCommonNameBuffalo
team.teamCommonNameDetroit
team.teamCommonNameFlorida
team.teamCommonNameMontreal
team.teamCommonNameOttawa
team.teamCommonNameTampa Bay
team.teamCommonNameToronto

“Western Side”

Conference 3

team.teamCommonNameChicago
team.teamCommonNameColorado
team.teamCommonNameDallas
team.teamCommonNameMinnesota
team.teamCommonNameNashville
team.teamCommonNameSt. Louis
team.teamCommonNameWinnipeg

Conference 4

team.teamCommonNameAnaheim
team.teamCommonNameCalgary
team.teamCommonNameEdmonton
team.teamCommonNameLos Angeles
team.teamCommonNamePhoenix
team.teamCommonNameSan Jose
team.teamCommonNameVancouver

The teams who’s names are in bold are the teams that find themselves being moved. So, Colorado, Columbus and Detroit all get moved. Columbus and Detroit are taken from the Central Conference, Columbus placed in the Atlantic Conference and Detroit placed in the Eastern Conference. Colorado is taken from the Western Conference and placed in the Central Conference. So this would create four un even conferences, two conferences of eight teams and two conferences of seven teams.

Honestly, I like it, but I am shocked that they would move Detroit away from it’s two biggest rivals in Chicago and St. Louis. But other than that, I don’t have too much of an argument here. Obviously, for the Ducks, it will be a little easier for the Ducks to make the playoffs being in a seven team conference instead of eight. Also, we’re not moving away from out two biggest rivals,unlike Detroit. So, what do you guys think?

ALL THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED JUST YET!!!

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