Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/7/12
CALGARY -- The NHL announced Friday that it won't go ahead with planned realignment for the 2012-13 season because the players association won't agree to the new format.The change to a four-conference setup was approved in a 26-4 vote last month by the NHL's board of governors. Under the plan, the top four teams in each conference would make the playoffs and the first two rounds of the postseason would be played within the conference.The league said it will stick to its current format six divisions, with the top eight teams in the Eastern and Western conferences making the playoffs for next season. The new alignment would have put the Wild in a conference with Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas and Winnipeg and significantly cut down on the teams number of miles traveled to far-flung locales such as San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Anaheim."We were all very excited about the changes, and now I think it is pretty disappointing, coach Mike Yeo said. We will h...
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