When the Winnipeg Jets moved from Atlanta last summer, it was certain the NHL would consider realignment.
That proposal was all but rejected by the Players Association, and the NHL called off plans Friday to realign and adopt a modified playoff format next season.
Defenseman Ron Hainsey, the player union representative for the Jets, discussed the travel concerns Saturday before the game against the Buffalo Sabres.
The changes were approved in December by the NHL's board of governors, with the league planning to switch from two three-division conferences to four seven- or eight-team conferences.
''The playoff format, with eight teams in two conferences and seven teams in the other two, there was no willingness on the other side to have a conversation about how to possibly tinker with that,'' Hainsey said. ''The travel, from the limited stuff we got, could potentially be worse for some western teams, including Winnipeg. Without knowing what it looked like, it's hard to consent or ...