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Vancouver Canucks in Seven Team Conference in Realignment Proposal

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The Vancouver Canucks will be part of a seven team conference in the latest National Hockey League realignment proposal.

The NHL needed to realign after the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Manitoba to become the Winnipeg Jets at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. A plan to move to a four-conference alignment was approved by the Board of Governors in December 2011, but was quickly quashed by the NHL Players’ Association.

Original Proposal

Conference A Conference B Conference C Conference D
Anaheim Chicago Boston Carolina
Calgary Columbus Buffalo New Jersey
Colorado Dallas Florida NY Islanders
Edmonton Detroit Montreal NY Rangers
Los Angeles Minnesota Ottawa Philadelphia
Phoenix Nashivlle Tampa Bay Pittsburgh
San Jose St. Louis Toronto Washington
Vancouver Winnipeg

Following the conclusion of the lockout, the NHL and NHLPA have been working towards realignment for the 2013-14 season. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly indicated earlier this month that the original 2011 realignment plan has been “tweaked.”

But what those tweaks were have not been leaked—until now. According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the revised proposal sees the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings move into the two Eastern-based conferences. The Colorado Avalanche, who were originally in the same conference as the Canucks, will move over the other Western-based conference.

The Canucks and the other Western-based conference will now have seven teams in their conference in the latest plan as opposed to eight originally. This will make qualification for the playoffs easier for the Western-based teams since the top-four teams in each conference will qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, according Friedman, there is talk of a wild card in the two eight-team Eastern-based conferences to even up the odds.

Revised Proposal

Conference A Conference B Conference C Conference D
Anaheim Chicago Boston Carolina
Calgary Colorado Buffalo Columbus
Edmonton Dallas Detroit New Jersey
Los Angeles Minnesota Florida NY Islanders
Phoenix Nashville Montreal NY Rangers
San Jose St. Louis Ottawa Philadelphia
Vancouver Winnipeg Tampa Bay Pittsburgh
Toronto Washington




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