Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 1/6/12

The National Hockey League has announced that they will not be moving forward with their division realignment and playoff format modification plan for next season, as the NHLPA refused to give its consent to the deal at today's deadline. This means that the current alignment and standings system will remain intact for the 2012-13 season, at least as of right now. 

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly commented on the NHLPA's denial earlier:

"It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve a Plan that an overwhelming majority of our Clubs voted to support, and that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members of the hockey community, including Players."

"We have now spent the better part of four weeks attempting to satisfy the NHLPA’s purported concerns with the Plan with no success. Because we have already been forced to delay, and as a result are already late in beginning the process of preparing next season’s schedule, we have no choice but to abandon our intention to implement the Realignment Plan and modified Playoff Format for next season."

"We believe the Union acted unreasonably in violation of the League’s rights. We intend to evaluate all of our available legal options and to pursue adequate remedies, as appropriate."

The Rangers were one of the teams in opposition of the plan during the Board of Governors meeting last month. 

Here was the proposed plan. 

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