It’s no secret that the Detroit Red Wings would like to move out of the Western Conference and into the Eastern Conference. With a new NHL realignment plan that might be just around the corner.
Acording to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the NHL is considering a realignment plan that breaks the league into four conferences. This will sound familiar to hockey fans as this idea was discussed last year. There were issues with equitability of playoff access and other logistics that needed to be resolved so the plan was put on the shelf. That was good news for the Red Wings who wouldn’t have been able to move East.
However, the new realignment plan is very similar but allows the Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, the other Western Conference team in the Eastern time zone, to each move to one of the two new conferences made entirely of teams in the East. Like the plan presented last year, the NHL would be broken up into four conferences – two with eight teams and two with seven teams.
The Red Wings would put in an eight-team conference with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.
There are still details to work out before this plan can be officially adopted but there is a lot to like in the way this sets up the league. Hopefully the details can get ironed out in time for next season.