The NHL’s plan for realignment took a significant step forward yesterday when the NHLPA gave it their stamp of approval.
Under the plan, the Red Wings will join the new Central Division with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
The alignment will be put into place for next season and remain for the following season before being re-evaluated. The last step is to get approval from the owners, which is considered a formality. The realignment plan should become official very quickly.
#NHL has asked owners if they want to vote in person or via fax re: realignment. Either way, hope to have it settled by end of next week.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 8, 2013
Why a fax would be the league’s proxy voting method of choice makes no sense to me but whatever. It’s the NHL. Maybe they’ve seen the success of college football’s national signing day and figured the fax machine has something to do with it. The point here is that the Red Wings to the East is nearly a done deal.