The proposed realignment for the NHL would have the Rangers stay with their Atlantic Division rivals but also add Columbus, Washington and Carolina.
At ESPNNY, Martin Biron and Brad Richards were asked about realignment and both said that not much changes for the Rangers and that being where the Rangers are, the travel is pretty easy.
The reported schedule break down would include five games each against two teams in the Rangers division and they would play the other four teams in the division four times each.
12:03PM: Kypreos says that the Players will have the chance to re-open the realignment discussion if/when the NHL relocates or expands.
11:55AM: According to Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA will soon announce that a deal for realignment will soon be announced.
THIS SECTION is all about realignment.
3:32PM: Elliotte Friedman writes at CBC that the NHL and NHLPA will meet after the 2016 season to discuss if this realignment plan is working out. He adds that the clause in the NHL memo suggesting that also says that the two sides could meet sooner if “circumstances warrant.”
That would allow the NHL and NHLPA to alter some things if there is expansion or relocation.
Friedman also notes that teams, like the Rangers with eight teams in their division, will play two teams in their own division FIVE times and the other five teams in the division will be played FOUR times to equal 30 games.
1:54PM: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun obtained a document that has the NHL’s plans for realignment.
LeBrun says that the NHL will continue to have an Eastern and Western Conference, but only have two divisions instead of three.
Those divisions would be the Atlantic and Central in the East and the Mid-West and Pacific in the West.
LeBrun says that the playoffs would be divisionally based instead of conference based as they currently are, “The division winner with the most regular-season points will play the lowest-seeded wild-card team in the first round, with the other division winner playing the other wild-card team.”
The wild card spots in each conference would go to the teams with the best records that didn’t make the playoffs, so one division could have five teams make the playoffs while the other division would only have three.
For the Rangers, their division would include the Islanders Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Capitals, Hurricanes and Blue Jackets.
Bob McKenzie says that one schedule plan would see each team visit every other team team.
The schedule would break down as
- 28 games (2 games each vs the 14 Western Conference Teams)
- 24 games (3 games against the 8 teams in the other Eastern division)
- 30 games against your own division.
On TSN, Bob McKenzie provided an update on the proposed realignment plan from the weekend.
He says that, while nothing is final, the playoffs will not be expanded and 16 teams will make it.
One thing that would change is how the playoff teams are determined.
McKenzie says that three teams from each conference will be guaranteed a playoff spot (12) while the final four spots will be wild card spots based on total points.
In last year’s proposal, the top four teams from each conference would make the playoffs
Elliotte Friedman, on CBC, revealed the newly proposed conferences for realignment.
In the East, the conferences would be:
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the NHL and NHLPA have been working very closely on putting together a new plan for realignment.
While specific details aren’t known, LeBrun says that it is believed that the new plan will be similar to the plan that the NHLPA rejected.
In the rejected plan the NHL ditched divisions and broke the league out into four conferences.
The Rangers conference included the Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Capitals and Hurricanes.
The top four teams in each conference would make the playoffs.
The Rangers reportedly voted against realignment last season.
According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the NHL and NHLPA are planning to meet soon to discuss realignment for the 2013-14 season.
Realignment was voted on last year by the Board of Governors but voted down by the NHLPA because, as Don Fehr notes in the Post, there were concerns about travel and the disadvantage that teams playing in the eight team conferences would have in making the playoffs.
Fehr says that the NHLPA is willing to work with the NHL on realignment as long as the NHL provides the necessary information to go along with their proposal.
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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes that the NHL and the players still need to agree on a new plan for divisional realignment after the players voted down the proposal that the owners agreed to.
That proposal saw the Rangers in a division in with the Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Hurricanes and Capitals.
Custance spoke with a player who said “Those New York teams, geez, they’d never have to leave their time zone pretty much ever. I like the idea of everybody playing each other twice. That part is cool; you want to see every team and go to every team’s building. But we’re the ones who have to do it. We should have a little input.”
The Rangers reportedly voted against realignment when it was proposed during the season.
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It was announced on Friday that the proposed realignment for next season would not happen because the NHLPA had not given it’s consent to the league by their deadline.
Brandon Dubinsky told the Daily News why the players didn’t support the realignment proposal:
“Teams in the West were unhappy because they felt they had the poorest chance of making the playoffs, and absolutely mathematically there was, versus us out here in the East. There’s teams in our (proposed) conference that were upset … We felt like our conference was stronger than another team’s conference, and it shouldn’t be fair that Washington, us, Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philly are all in the same division. Only one of us has the opportunity to get to the conference finals?”
The divisions will stay the same for next season.
This seems like something that will be worked out in the CBA and I think that the players just wanted more time to study the whole thing. There were some nice things to realignment, and some not so nice things like fewer division games and seeing the Maple Leafs the same amount as seeing the Coyotes.
Should be a fun summer!