On Thursday, ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski tweeted what he’s hearing is the latest potential realignment for the pandemic-impacted 2021 NHL regular season.
Not the easiest slate for the Blackhawks for sure. The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and Joel Quenneville’s Florida Panthers would draw into the “Central” Division, as would Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Columbus would also join the party.
Minnesota, Dallas and Colorado would move to the West Division.
And, perhaps most notably, the rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings may be back on the table?
This isn’t set in stone (yet) but it certainly feels like a more realistic alignment when the season begins, hopefully in early January.