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Dan Rosen says that the hope is for a resolution on Division Realignment by December for scheduling purposes.
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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes that different GM’s have different positions when it comes to the realignment of the divisions following this season.
Columbus GM Scott Howson says that it could go beyond just replacing Winnipeg with a team from the Western Conference and putting them in the South East division.
He says that there have been talks of unbalanced conferences where the Red Wings and Blue Jackets move to the East and the Western Conference only has 14 teams and two divisions of seven.
It seems like the league and the GM’s are open to a lot of different ideas so there could be a lot of different things thrown out there. Not sure how I feel about the Rangers having to battle another team for a potential playoff spot, especially if that team is the Red Wings.
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At the Toronto Star, Kevin McGran looks at three ideas for how the NHL could realign their divisions for the 2012-13 season.
He suggests one option that would see all the teams in Canada play in the same division.
The idea would also include a “Sunshine” conference that would include Tampa Bay, Florida, Dallas, Anaheim, Phoenix, LA and San Jose.
The idea, to me, is really good in principle, but I seriously doubt that it happens. With Montreal and Vancouver on complete ends of the country it doesn’t really make sense.
NHL exec said to expect dramatic realignment in 2012-13. Four time-zone based divisions, two with eight teams, two with seven.—
Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 25, 2011
Read more at the Sporting News.
The idea of a four division realignment plan was written about last week.
Time zone based divisions sound cool. How do you think this will shake out?
In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that Gary Bettman outlined a potential four division plan for division realignment for the 2012-13 season at the Board of Governers meeting in New York this week.
The four divisions would be Pacific, Midwest, East and South.
Garrioch also says that under this plan, the Red Wings and Blue Jackets would move east.
The top four teams in each division would make the playoffs.
I like the idea. Playoffs would be divisional and then re-seeded from round two on. How do you think each division would shake out? Who would move where?
At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBruin writes that there has been early talk of the NHL moving from six divisions back to four divisions as part of realignment.
LeBrun says that the league will explore many options in regards to realigning the divisions before the 2012-13 season.
They should go back to the old names of the divisions, or make them have more modern player names. It’s an interesting idea, but I tend to think that everything can stay the same and Nashville can just move over to the southeast division.
I wonder if the divisions will be realigned as part of the new CBA or if it will be done and announced before the CBA expires. I guess they should probably wait because even though Winnipeg now has a team, the Coyotes still may be on the move next year.