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NHL Realignment Proposal: Red Wings Moving East?


KALAMAZOO, Michigan —–

A report from CBC’s Elliotte Friedman that aired on tonight’s Hockey Night in Canada has major news regarding NHL realignment for next year. According to the report, the NHL and NHLPA are working on a proposal that has the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference beginning next season. The biggest issue for the past 2 years is that the Winnipeg Jets (formerly Atlanta Thrashers) have been playing in the East’s Southeast Division. Winnipeg is over 1,500 miles from it’s closest division opponent. The new proposal essentially divides the current Conferences in 2, thus creating an East 1, East 2, and West 1, and West 2. Here is a look at the proposed realignment:

Eastern Conference 1: Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, NY Isles, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

Eastern Conference 2: Boston, Buffalo, DETROIT, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Toronto

Western Conference 1: Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, and Winnipeg.

Western Conference 2: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, and Vancouver

The biggest change you’ll notice is the Red Wings and Blue Jackets are now in the Eastern Conference, which makes the most sense since they are in the Eastern Time Zone. So far, this is the most logical plan the NHL & NHLPA have come up with. Detroit also moves into the same conference as Original 6 foes Boston, Toronto, and Montreal. This is awesome news for fans who have longed to see these teams play more and develop renewed rivalries. There is also talk of a Wild Card playoff round for the 2 East Conferences that have 8 teams in them. We’re not sure yet how that would work out, but again, this is just a proposal.

Much more work is to be done, but this is just a start. Stay with DSN for updates on the latest Red Wings news! GO WINGS!



About Jeff Deacon

Jeff joined the DSN crew in 2011 as a beat writer for the Detroit Tigers. He also covers news around the National Hockey League. Jeff currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he is focusing on a career as an airline pilot. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffDeacs.

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  1. Glenn Pourcho

    February 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Same divsion with Toronto again.

  2. Mike Powell

    February 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I like it. Detroit should be playing teams like Toronto, Boston and Montreal instead of Columbus and Nashville.

  3. Brett D'Angelo

    February 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    The only team I would truly miss the Wings playing more than 2 times a season would be the Blackhawks. Those are always great games when the two teams get together.

  4. Robert Morrison

    February 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’m not going to get to happy about this because the NHL always find away to screw up something good.

  5. Mark Diamanti

    February 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I like the idea of being in the same division as three other original 6 teams. I’d love to see the Wings kick the crap out of the Leafs more often!

  6. Brandon McKinney

    February 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Love this idea but I’m not so sure that our fellow Western conference teams would. The Wings help fill in stadiums in Phoenix, Columbus and such.

  7. Mike Powell

    February 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    If teams have to rely on visiting teams to put butts in the seats…fold ‘em or move ‘em.

  8. Jake Goodwin

    February 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    detroit is more on the east side so i don’t have a problem with that

  9. Chris Budd

    February 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Three Words: Wings, Pens, Rivalry.

  10. Patrick TheSaint Francis Walker

    February 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    How many years have they been saying this and in the end they Stay in the west. Won”t believe it until i see it..

  11. Scott Proffitt

    February 24, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Where r the blackhawks r moving to

  12. Ron Lawrence

    February 24, 2013 at 8:24 am

    The Florida teams don’t make a lot of sense, but what can u do with such an overcrowded east. This is so much better than what we have been dealing with for so many years now. Especially come playoff time when it’s “can’t miss hockey”! It is going to be AWESOME to see Montreal & Toronto several times a year again.