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I’m not in Pebble Beach covering any of this, but word has just come from the mouth of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: The Avalanche will move to a new division next season.
The NHL next year will go to a four “conference” setup, with 16 teams in the, let’s call it “West” for now, and 14 in the “East.”
The Avalanche will play in a new conference/division with the following teams in it: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim and Phoenix.
Other “conferences” will have: (Detroit, Winnipeg, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas and Minesota)
And (Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Ottawa, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay) and (Philadelphia, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Carolina and Washington).
All teams will play those outside of their conference, home and away. The rest of the games will be in the division. Top four teams from each conference make the playoffs, those four teams play in the first two rounds of the playoffs, then a conference final, then a C...
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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...
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that there was not enough data yet to draw conclusions about the link between concussions and a degenerative brain ailment that has been found in four dead hockey players.
The league wrapped up its Board of Governors meetings a day after The New York Times reported that former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic...
The NHL has approved a radical change to the makeup of the league that could take effect as soon as next season. The NHL Board of Governors approved the proposal which will sit on commissioner Gary Bettman's desk for formal approval.
According to espn.com, teams will play home-and-home series against all nonconference teams and five or six games in their conference. The top...
During a break from booing commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL Board of Governors found time to approve a new realignment and scheduling plan.
The plan is a significant change from the current setup and somewhat of a throwback to the days of Wales, Campbell, Adams and Patrick (the old conferences and divisions, not the law firm or the 80’s folk pop band).
There were a lot of different...
In theory, we know it’s coming, but I don’t think that we Red Wings fans necessarily know who we’re dealing with when we talk about it.
As Paul posted on Saturday night, the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman built off the column by Sportsnet’s John Shannon, which suggested that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will table two options for realigning the NHL to the 30 members of the...
From the NHL press release:
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...
The NHL is continuing its search to find a local buyer for the Phoenix Coyotes.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the league's Board of Governors on Monday that the NHL has had discussions with a couple of interested parties and reaffirmed the hope of keeping the Coyotes in Glendale.
Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer backed out of an agreement to buy the Coyotes in...
The NHL wrapped up its Board of Governors meetings Tuesday, a day after the board gave commissioner Gary Bettman the authority to realign the league.
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...
It reportedly took less than an hour for the NHL Board of Governors to approve the radical new format for the League beginning next season: four conferences, an "interlocking" schedule that features home and away games against every team in the League; and a new divisional format for the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This might be due to the fact that one...
The four-conference realignment the NHL's Board of Governors approved this week should be a boon to hockey rivalries. The repetitive nature of divisional playoffs will create new feuds, rekindle old ones and make in-conference games models of intensity. The reconstituted Patrick and Norris Divisions promise to reopen old scars.
Rocky Wirtz remembers the Norris. The chairman...