Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/23/13

The Bruins already share a division with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, another Original Six franchise may join that fray as early as next season. According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the NHL’s proposed four-conference realignment plan would place the Detroit Red Wings in a conference with the Bruins, Canadiens, Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning. The proposal, which must still be approved by the league’s board of governors, would do away with the current two-conference, six-division format in favor of four individual conferences — two with seven teams and two with eight. A major impetus for the desire for realignment was the Atlanta Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg prior to the 2012 season, which has created significant travel struggles for teams in the Southeast Division. The other eight-team conference will reportedly consist of Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington. One seven-team conference will include Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg, while the other will be made up of Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver. The names the proposed conferences have not yet been announced. The new re-alignment NHL/NHLPA have worked on -- I: CAR/CLB/NJ/NYI/NYR/PHI/PIT/WASH— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2013 II: BOS/BUF/DET/FLA/MON/OTT/TB/TOR— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2013 III: CHI/COL/DAL/MIN/NASH/STL/WIN— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2013 IV: ANA/CAL/EDM/LA/PHOE/SJ/VAN— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2013

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eric Davis: Jim Harbaugh coddled 49ers off the field

Scherzer gave pricey gifts to catchers on no-hitter, one-hitter

Seattle Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

Ryan Fitzpatrick believes he's due for breakout season

Report: Ref with Deflategate connection to work Pats game

Sam Bradford is proving himself to be the answer for Eagles

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

L.A. mayor would want Caitlyn Jenner to light Olympics torch

Segway cameraman apologizes for running down Usain Bolt

Do the Miami Dolphins finally have a coach worth fighting for?

Drew Storen wants a trade this winter – and he’ll likely get it

Kobe Bryant: ‘I Was An Idiot When I Was A Kid’

Anthony Davis wants gold medal more than NBA MVP

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why NFL preseason games matter

August's winners and losers in sports

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

Packers smart to sit Rodgers for rest of preseason

Towns is perfect for today's NBA

The Opening Drive: Utah alum Jordan Gross is fed up with the HarBros

Five greatest NBAers without a ring

Exactly how bad is the NL East?

Five potential college football Week 1 shockers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker