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!




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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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..

  7. 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.


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Jeff joined the DSN crew in 2011 as a beat writer for the Detroit Tigers. He also covers news from around the National Hockey League. Jeff is currently the Managing Editor of DSN, and resides in Phoenix, AZ.