Possible NHL Realignment?

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Does Garry Bettman and the NHL plan on changing to a four-division league instead of the current six?

That’s the word according to The Sporting News.

The NHL has to realign because of the addition of the Winnipeg Jets and reducing divisions might be their plan.

Whatever change is agreed upon will get voted on during December’s Board of Governors meeting.

This new plan would return scheduling to a balanced format where all teams play every other team at least twice, guaranteeing a home and road game against every opponent.

How would the playoffs work?

Under the plan, the top four teams in each division would move on. The first round will be only divisional games, then they would re-seed for the conference semifinals.

Here’s the speculation on what the divisions would look like:

Western Conference:

Pacific Division: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix

Central Division: Winnipeg, Minnesota, Colorado, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Dallas

Eastern Conference:

North Division: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey

South Division: Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Florida

  • Just Saying...

    South Division= DIVISION OF DEATH!

  • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

    How does Nashville make it into the Central Division over Detroit????

    • Anonymous

      Detroit = Eastern Timezone
      Nashville = Central Timezone

    • Anonymous

      Detroit is in the Eastern Timezone while Nashville is in the Center. Detroit has been trying to get back into the Easter conference for years now.

  • Cory

    The beauty of this scenario is that it allows for expansion very nicely. Las Vegas in the pacific and Kansas City in the central?

  • scoondog

    Nashville and Dallas should be in the South and Detroit and Columbus should be in the Central. I hope this ain’t right. That is crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Detroit in the South Division, with Nashville in the Central? Nashville should be in the South, not Detroit. And you can’t break up the Chicago-Detroit Original Six rivalry

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