Buzz: Did The Rangers Vote NO on Realignment?

The vote passed in favor of realignment 26-4.

It is believed that the four teams that voted NO were from the Eastern Conference, so that would make sense that the Rangers were one of them. It is more travel out west for the Rangers and fewer games against the Bruins, Canadiens and Maple Leafs who are all such a big part of the Rangers history.

NEWS: Realignment Passes

Bob McKenzie tweets that the four division realignment has passed.

The Rangers will have the Isles, Devils, Flyers, Pens, Capitals and Hurricanes in their division

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NOTE: The NEW Proposed Realignment For Divisions

From Hockey Night In Canada last night.

The first two rounds of the playoffs are in the division and then they would be reseeded for the third round.

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that players don’t like the idea of the four division set up.

Top four teams in each division will make the playoffs and it will be a tough road for the Rangers with the addition of the Capitals into the division.

Buzz: The Realignment Plans That Are Gonna Be Presented

At Sportsnet, John Shannon writes that there are two proposals that are going to be brought up at the Board of Governers meetings early this week about realignment.

One of them is just swapping out Winnipeg for Detroit.

The other is to go with the four division plan that would see every team play a home and home and the first two rounds of the playoffs be divisional.

The four division plan has been discussed before.

I think that each team playing a home and home is a good idea even if it means one or two fewer games against the Islanders, Flyers and Devils. Those lost regular season games would be more than made up for in a playoff series, in my opinion. I just wonder if 2/3 of the league feel the same way.

Read: The Three Conference Solution

At The Sporting News, Jesse Spector suggests the NHL move to a three-conference system when the GM’s vote on realignment in Decemeber:

He says that two playoff spots would be available for the top teams in each conference and that the final ten spots would be open to the rest of the league.

It just seems like the NHL is gonna swap Detroit and Winnipeg and call it a day, but I do like these creative ideas for realignment.