NHL Realignment Coming?

Could the NHL finally be making the move to four conferences?

And would that realignment separate the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings?

To recap, here are the four conferences that are being reported:

NHL realignment

While the four conference plan makes a lot of sense, count me as one of the many that hopes the great Hawks-Wings rivalry isn’t broken up.

7 thoughts on “NHL Realignment Coming?

  • February 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    So, Boston-Montreal is kept, but not Chicago-Detroit? And the 2 Florida teams in the same conference with Detroit? And Winnipeg still not in the same conference with the western Canadian teams? Stupid! I agree with you, Tab.

  • February 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Maybe alter the proposed four conferences – Detroit to Conf. 3 and Winnipeg to Conf 4…? It would maintain the Chi-Det rivalry and allow the Jets to join the western Canadian teams. The realignment would still be fairly geographic in consession to travel expense. Perhaps even more important is that each team play each team once at home and once on the road EACH season.

  • February 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    i get it from a travel standpoint, but having 5 of the 6 original teams in the “eastern” two confrences kinda sucks

  • February 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Let’s not forget. The schedule proposed last year called for 2 games/team outside each team’s conference. Plus, the Rangers also have no Original 6 rival in their conference.

  • February 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Just flip the Wild with DET. Screw what the Red Wings org wants, you can’t have that 5-1 ratio of the O6.

  • February 25, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Winnipeg in our conference actually makes the most sense. Winnipeg is actually closer to Nashville than it is Vancouver (let alone ANA/LA/PHX). The change to that proposal that I would make would be DET to 3 and Colorado to 4.

  • February 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hmm, so evidently the next two expansions aren’t going to be in Markham or Quebec City…they’ll be in Seattle and KC (and PHX isn’t moving anywhere). Those are lots of surprises.

    While I’d love to keep the Detroit rivalry, we will actually get (essentially) the same amount of original six games. Under the current alignment, we alternate between 10 and 11 games vs original six teams per year, 3 home and homes vs the Wings and the remainder alternating between 4 home/1 road and 0 home/4 road. So some years we have 3 home games vs orig. six (all DET) and some years we have 7 home games vs orig. six (3 DET, 1 of each of the others). So on average we see 5 games vs orig. six per year at home. Under realignment we will see…5 home games vs original six per year (1 home and home per team). We are losing 4 DET games (two at home), but gaining other orig. six teams, so thats cool. We’ll now only have 1 home and home vs the Canucks instead of 2, but whatever.

    It would have been really cool to set aside a few games on the schedule for “rivalry” games (like MLB does), which maybe intradivision or interdivision (which is unlike the MLB). I’m sure this would make scheduling ridiculous (although scheduling will have to get ridiculous after expansion, unless there is another realignment), but it would be pretty neat.

    Also, I still don’t get what was wrong with the previous realignment. No, the Wings weren’t with all their eastern brethren, BUT, every team in their conference was in the central or eastern time zones. And frankly, while the Columbus/Pitt geography is nice for a rivalry, its going to be a one sided beat down and you lose the natural OH/MI rivalry. The only thing that makes sense is that the NHL knows something we don’t about Seattle, and KC (and I guess PHX for that matter), which no one else does.

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