Forced into realignment following Atlanta's move to Winnipeg last summer, the NHL opted for a dramatic change rather than a simple one.
League officials approved a radical realignment plan Monday that will give the league four conferences instead of six divisions and will guarantee home-and-home series among all teams.
The NHL's Board of Governors authorized commissioner Gary Bettman to implement the proposal pending input from the NHL Players' Association, and it should be in place by next season.
Wild forward Matt Cullen is thrilled about the changes that will have the Wild playing in a conference with Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas and Winnipeg.
"This is going to be awesome, he said Tuesday. In terms of travel, it is going to be much easier, and I also like some of the potential rivalries that we might have."
The new plan tried to address as many concerns of the teams as possible, from creating more equitable travel to preserving rivalries to promot...