PRESS RELEASE: NHL realignment approved for 2012-13

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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

4 Comments

  1. bmiller87

    December 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    That’s ridiculous. Why do we have to be better than 4 teams in our conference to make the playoffs while Eastern teams only have to be better than 3?? It’s like the NL Central in baseball-6 teams in one division wasn’t fair so they moved the Astros to a division that only had 4 teams!? Just seems really dumb to me.

  2. SusanLander

    December 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I ran the numbers based on the past two years, and using ATL as WPG.

    The seeding for 10-11:

    1) Det – 104

    2) Nsh – 99

    3) Chi – 97

    4) Dal – 95

    and

    1) Van – 117

    2) Sjs – 105

    3) ANA – 99

    4) Phx – 99

    That means LAK with 98 points wouldn’t have made it but DAL with 95 would have. There would be no change of who gets in the east just the seeding. Buf vs Bos, TB vs MTL, WSH vs NYR, and Phi vs. Pit.

    The seeding for 09-10:

    1) CHI – 112

    2) DET – 102

    3) NSH – 100

    4) STL – 90

    and

    1) SJS – 113

    2) PHX – 107

    3) VAN – 103

    4) COL – 95

    Once again, LAK gets pushed out despite having 101 points, more than STL and NSH. Sucks for those teams in conferences with 8, oddly enough all West. Conspiracy?

    In the east it would have been: WSH vs PHI (robbing us of the epicness which was mtl vs wsh), Pit vs Njd, Fla vs Tor, Buf vs, Bos.

    In conclusion; I hate this.

  3. SusanLander

    December 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I ran the numbers based on the past two years, and using ATL as WPG.

    The seeding for 10-11:

    1) Det – 104

    2) Nsh – 99

    3) Chi – 97

    4) Dal – 95

    and

    1) Van – 117

    2) Sjs – 105

    3) ANA – 99

    4) Phx – 99

    That means LAK with 98 points wouldn’t have made it but DAL with 95 would have. There would be no change of who gets in the east just the seeding. Buf vs Bos, TB vs MTL, WSH vs NYR, and Phi vs. Pit.

    The seeding for 09-10:

    1) CHI – 112

    2) DET – 102

    3) NSH – 100

    4) STL – 90

    and

    1) SJS – 113

    2) PHX – 107

    3) VAN – 103

    4) COL – 95

    Once again, LAK gets pushed out despite having 101 points, more than STL and NSH. Sucks for those teams in conferences with 8, oddly enough all West. Conspiracy?

    In the east it would have been: WSH vs PHI (robbing us of the epicness which was mtl vs wsh), Pit vs Njd, Buf vs Mtl, and Ott vs Bos.

    In conclusion; I hate this.

  4. AlexBenjamin

    December 6, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Way that would work in the Conferences…It would be Pacific for A, Central for B, Eastern for C and Coastal for D. Interesting look and see where each conference would be from this year’s rounds.