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NHLPA Rejects 2012-2013 Realignment

Lauren Ammatuna |
January 6, 2012 | 11:39 p.m. PST

Staff Writer

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The NHLPA rejected plans for realignment in the 2012-2013 season Friday morning.

The NHL Board of Governors approved the realignment plan back in December. Many greeted the change with open arms, as there has been a call for realignment for some time.

The approved changes would have created four conferences that would send their top four teams to the playoffs with the first two playoff rounds played within each individual conference.

The conferences would have been as follows:


Conference 1

Conference 2

Conference 3

Conference 4

New York Rangers

Florida Panthers

Columbus Blue Jackets

Phoenix Coyotes

New York Islanders

Tampa Bay Lightning

Detroit Red Wings

Anaheim Ducks

New Jersey Devils

Montreal Canadiens

Winnipeg Jets

Los Angeles Kings

Pitssburgh Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs

Nashville Predators

San Jose Sharks

Philadelphia Fliers

Buffalo Sabres

Dallas Stars

Vancouver Canucks

Carolina Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators

Minnesota Wild

Colorado Avalanche

Washington Capitals

Boston Bruins

St. Louis Blues

Edmonton Oilers



Chicago Blackhawks


Calgary Flames


These changes would have benefited teams like the Detroit Red Wings who currently are in the Western Conference and suffer from long flights and time-change issues.

The Board's realignment plan may not be dead, despite the NHLPA rejecting it by the Jan. 6 deadline.

"It hasn't been studied enough," Rangers assistant team player representative Martin Biron told the New York Daily News. "We haven't gotten the information necessary to be able to make the appropriate decision on it, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that."

Since the players' association vetoed these changes for the upcoming 2012-2013 season, the Board of Governors is currently looking into other options. For now, the league plans to use its current set-up indefinitely.  

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