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Here is the NHL’s realignment plan; pending NHLPA approval

Posted By On December 5, 2011 @ 10:40 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 64 Comments

Apologies for the font. Here is the release from the NHL: 

 BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES FOUR-CONFERENCE FORMAT Authorizes Commissioner To Implement, Pending Input From NHL Players' Association

      PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2011) -- The National Hockey League
Board of Governors tonight approved a four-Conference alignment format and
authorized Commissioner Gary Bettman to implement this proposal, pending
input from the National Hockey League Players' Association. The format
would create two eight-team Conferences and two seven-team conferences.

      Under the format, every team would play every other team outside its
conference twice -- once home, once away.

      In the seven-team Conferences, teams would play six times -- three
home, three away. In the eight-team Conferences, teams would play either
five or six times in a season on a rotating basis; three teams would play
each other six times and four teams would play each other five times. This
process would reverse each season: An eight-team Conference member that
plays an opponent six times in one season would play it five times the
following season.

      The top four teams in each Conference qualify for the Stanley Cup
Playoffs. The first-place team would play the fourth-place team; the
second-place team would play the third-place team. The four respective
Conference champions would meet in the third round of the Playoffs, with
the survivors playing for the Stanley Cup.

      The Conference format:

             CONF. A       CONF. B      CONF. C     CONF. D
             Anaheim       Chicago      Boston      Carolina
             Calgary       Columbus     Buffalo     NJ Devils
             Colorado      Dallas       Florida     NY Islanders
             Edmonton      Detroit      Montreal    NY Rangers
             Los Angeles   Minnesota    Ottawa      Philadelphia
             Phoenix       Nashville    Tampa Bay   Pittsburgh
             San Jose      St. Louis    Toronto     Washington
             Vancouver     Winnipeg

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