Posts Tagged NHL Realignment

VIDEO: Realignment and Scheduling Refresher

NHL.com provides us a refresher on the new divisions and scheduling.

I’m still not a fan of the unbalanced conferences and the name ‘Metropolitan” as a division, but I guess it’s something we’ll have to live with for the time being.

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Quick Hits and Injuries: Realignment, waivers, Latendresse, Lupul, Malkin, Brodeur, Michalek, Benn and Morrow

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Board of Governor will vote on realignment by fax this week. Should be done by the end of the week.
  • ESPN: Evgeni Malkin will miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. It is not concussion related.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur’s sore back is getting better but is under doctors care and not skating yet.

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Quick Hits: Realignment, Scouting CBJ-VAN and LA-DAL, Laraque, Dorsett and Hemsky

  • Nick Nypreos via twitter: NHL realignment will be looked after the 2014-15 season, but if there is any relocation and/or expansion, a window for the players would open up to re-evaluate it right away.
  • Ed Cmar via twitter: Eastern scouts at the Blue Jackets – Canucks game: Flyers, Devils, Rangers and Canadiens.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Scouts at the Kings-Stars game: Penguins, Flyers, Flames, Predators, Bruins, Red Wings, Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Rangers, Oilers, Capitals, Canucks, Wild and Sharks.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: George Laraque said he was planning a comeback before the lockout and is considering it for next year.

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Quick Hits: Visors, Duchene and O’Reilly not talking, realignment and scouting Leafs-Senators

  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: The players said no to mandatory visors last year. It needs players consent as per the CBA. Larry Brooks via twitter: Bill Daly said in an email that mandatory visors was “discussed briefly” during the CBA talks but was ”no traction for change…” Katie Strang via twitter: The NHLPA plan to discuss visor issues and other equipment related matters in the summer.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Chambers isn’t sure if Avalanche’s Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly are even talking to each other anymore. Before O’Reilly signed the offer sheet, Duchene said:

    “For me, I don’t care about any of that. I just want to play hockey,” Duchene said on the video. “If I did look at it that way, maybe I would have done what he did. But I signed in June and … I love being an Av, everything about it. I love cheering for this team and that’s all that matters for me.”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: NHL realignment plan doesn’t need full NHLPA membership vote, just the NHLPA executive board need to vote.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Scouting the Maple Leafs-Senators game: two Oilers, Lightning, Avalanche, Blue Jackets, Kings, Stars, Canucks, Wild, Rangers, Blackhawks and Flyers.

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Quick Hits: Realignment, O’Reilly, Entry-level contracts, Benn, Stamkos, Kovalev, McGrattan and Panik

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA may soon announce an agreement in principle on realignment for next season. The new realignment agreement may give the players a window to revisit the agreement after the NHL moves on possible relocation and expansion.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche Ryan O’Reilly passed his physical and should be on the ice this morning at 9:00. If he plays Sunday will not be known until later today.
  • CapGeek via twitter: There should be lots of entry-level contracts to be signed in the upcoming weeks. Yesterday was the first day that next season deals can be signed.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Stars Jamie Benn will have a disciplinary hearing today regarding his crosschecking major against the Oilers.
  • NHL.com: Steven Stamkos was named the first star of the month for February. Sidney Crosby was the second star and Ray Emery was the third star.
  • Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Alexei Kovalev will not travel with the team and Dineen said that an announcement is pending. Could be sounding like a buyout. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: It’s over for Kovalev and the Panthers. The Panthers would like him to retire, but he wants to be paid.

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Quick Hits: DiPietro thought of suicide, Rask’s contract, Caps claim Volpatti, Three others to waivers, Realignment concerns

3:50 PM

  • New York Islanders: Islanders GM Garth Snow on Rick DiPietro’s comments:

    “We are aware of Rick’s comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport.”

3:45 PM

  • Brett Cyrgalis via twitter: “Rick DiPietro on report that he has contemplated suicide: “100 percent” facetious in his interview with @KMaherNews12 #Context” … “DP: “I’m just trying to bring light to fact of how important my wife has been. It’s been a trying last couple years.” … “DP: “There have been times that I’ve been depressed, and I don’t know where I’d be without the support of my wife.” .. “DP didn’t make fun of suicide, instead told @KMaherNews12 how important his wife was to him, and w/o her, “I might have driven into a tree.”

3:05 PM

  • Kevin Maher via twitter: Islanders Rick DiPietro said that with the Isles waiving him felt like: ”they ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet.” … “DiPietro also admitted injuries, losing and fan hatred over the past 3 years made him think about killing himself at one point.”
  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins Tuukka Rask will be a free agent at the end of the season and there is nothing new to report on it.

    “I don’t know, probably not,” Rask said after the team’s practice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. “I haven’t heard anything too crazy, yet, but we’ll see. Good thing I don’t have to talk to the GM, I’ve got an agent for that.”

    Rask signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract last summer and will be inline for a raise.

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Capitals claim Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Canucks. The Flyers put Michael Leighton and Tom Sestito on waivers. The Stars put Tom Wandell on waivers.
  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: The Oilers were one of several teams that put a claim in on Volpatti. Capitals were lower in the standings, therefore got him.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Seravalli is heading the Oilers could be interested in claiming Tom Sestito off waivers from the Flyers.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “Told #CBJ would fight like hell if plan is changed to send Detroit to the Eastern Conference and keep #CBJ in Western Conference. In that scenario, NHL realignment would only make matters worse for #CBJ. Travel just as bad, and now they’ve lost only big opponent draw.” Darren Dreger via twitter: “I believe the NHL will fight like “hell” to keep the proposal as is with Det and CBJ moving east. But, imbalance is an issue.”

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NHL Realignment Talk

The below is from a collection of tweets by Bob McKenzie regarding NHL realignment.

“Remember, neither NHLPA nor NHL B of G have agreed to this yet. It’s still just a proposal. Top 3 teams in each of two 8-team East conferences make the playoffs. Two wild cards from remaining 10 East teams also make the playoffs. Top 3 teams in each of two 7-team West conferences make playoffs. Two wild cards from remaining 8 West teams also make the playoffs. Playoff format remains old divisional style, 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 though it remains to be seen how the wild cards are slotted for first-round. I assume schedule matrix stays same as Dec/2011 proposal. Clubs in 7-team conf play 6×6 in conf (36), and home-and-away with other 23 (46). 8-team conferences also play home-and-away with 22 out of conf teams (44) but play either 5 or 6 games vs. conference rivals (38).

As for realignment, recognizing nothing is final yet, someone is going to have to explain the following to me regarding the playoff format: How’s having 2 wild card teams out of 10 in the East and 2 WC teams out of 8 in the West any different than previous inequity of 4/7 vs. 4/8. With such imbalanced in-conference sked, I’d much rather prefer keeping it 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 within each conference. But that’s just me. This proposed realignment addresses two primary concerns: better travel for most teams/every team playing home and away against every team. In 30 team league, though, no way around so-called “inequity” of playoff format unless you sacrifice travel benefits in the first round.”

Pierre LeBrun via twitter:”According to NHL memo sent to 30 teams, no longer is the idea to go to 4 conferences, but rather 2 conferences with two divisions each”

Proposed conferences/divisions:

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

In December of 2011, the NHL had come up with the below realignment plan, but the NHLPA did not approve of it.

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

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Video: Hockey Night In Canada Hotstove and Coaches Corner

Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove

  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Realignment being worked on my NHL and NHLPA.

    I – Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins and Capitals.

    II - Bruins, Sabres, Red Wings, Panthers, Canadiens, Senators, Lightning and Maple Leafs.

    III - Blackhawks, Avalanche, Stars, Wild, Predators, Blues and Jets.

    IV - Ducks, Flames, Oilers, Kings, Coyotes, Sharks and Canucks.

    Friedman noted that there is some kind of wild-card being discussed for the 2 divisions that have 8 teams.

Don Cherry’s Coaches Corner

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Quick Hits: DiPietro and Mursak to waivers, Realignment talk ongoing, Karlsson sent to AHL

  • Katie Strang via twitter: Islanders GM Garth Snow on the potential buyout of Rick DiPietro: ”We haven’t given that any consideration at this point.”
  • Katie Strange via twitter: “Per rules of the new CBA, DiPietro still carries cap hit of (pro-rated) $3.6mil ($4.5m minus $900k) even if he stays in Bridgeport”
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Progress regarding realignment is being made but nothing may come out until the end of next week or the following week.

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Top 5 trade targets … Capitals willing to move top prospects … Senators have prospects for Perry … Pens looking to add scoring

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

  • A few GMs may be wondering if their jobs are safe.

    “I would think there’s a few guys around the league who are wondering,” said a league executive. “Teams often copy each other and firing the GM could become vogue if an owner believes it can turn the team around.”

    Capitals GM George McPhee and Sabres Darcy Regier could be on the hotseat after their teams slow start.

  • The league won’t announce anything regarding re-alignment until a deal has been agreed upon with the players.

    “We will probably brief the board when we and (the union) have agreement on what we intend to propose for approval,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail. “Hopefully, we have reached a decision by the end of the month.”

  • Many believe the Canucks won’t move Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider during this season.
  • Two Ducks scouts showed up to watch a Senators-Sabres game this week fueling speculation. The Senators haven’t had any talks with the Ducks regarding Corey Perry. The Ducks will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t, Sens GM Bryan Murray needs to know what it would take to get him. They were the front-runner to land Rick Nash before he was dealt to the Rangers. They do have the prospects to land Perry.

    “The Ducks are just trying to identify what everybody has,” said a league executive. “They are going to try to sign him.”

  • The Flames are willing to move Jay Bouwmeester, but would anyone want to take on his $6.8 million salary next year?
  • The Penguins have the money and would like to add a scoring winger at the trade deadline.
  • Capitals GM George McPhee is frantically trying to add some immediate help and they might be willing to trade 2012 first round pick, Filip Forsberg and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. McPhee found out he wouldn’t get much return for Roman Hamrlik.
  • The Maple Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins, Senators and several other teams have shown interest in Ryan O’Reilly. The asking price is a top prospect and a draft pick.

Top 5 Trade Targets:

  • 1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim: The Ducks are rolling along quite nicely and he is a unrestricted free agent. Teams are going to call, but if the Ducks continue at their current pace, it’s going to take a huge deal to get him.

    2. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary: The Flames have to sit down with Iginla and decide what direction they want to take. If he’s going to sign an extension, they should get it done at a reasonable price and move on. Many believe Iginla should accept a trade and allow the Flames to rebuild.

    3. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa: This will be interesting to watch. If the Senators fall out of the race, does GM Bryan Murray give the 40-year-old the option to try to go win the Stanley Cup? The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are both going to be looking for a scoring winger.

    4. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida: His name has come up lately because of his status as a UFA. If the Panthers don’t get back into the playoff race, Weiss is going to be targeted by teams looking for a rental. The two sides have a lot of work to get done to make a deal

    5. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders: Teams are going to be looking for a puck-moving defenceman and a lot of teams like Streit. He had success in Montreal, he has been a winner in the past and he understands playing with pressure. Look for a lot of teams to try to get Streit.

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Karlsson has lacerated Achilles, video breakdown of the incident … Zubrus needs surgery … Realignment tweaked

  • Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Erik Karlsson suffered a laceration to his left Achilles that will require surgery. He’ll be out indefinitely. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: League executives say that Karlsson could be recovering for 4 to 6 months depending on the extent of the injury. John Shannon via twitter: Karlsson will fly to Ottawa to be re-evaluated by Senators doctors before having surgery.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: The Devils will be without Dainius Zubrus for 2-8 weeks due exploratory surgery on his wrist.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Bill Daly said that the NHL has tweaked the realignment plan that was approved by the board last season. It does have the same four-conference structure. John Shannon via twitter: Realignment timeline is accelerating, with resolution expected before the end of the month.
  • Adam Gretz via twitter: There were 2 Blackhawks scouts at the Penguins-Senators game. Wild and Ducks were other Western Conference teams that had scouts there.
  • NHL Network’s Mark Roe and Kevin Weekes break down Karlsson’s injury. Do you think there was intent by Cooke?

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Bruins likely not interested in Iginla … Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t interest the Penguins … Leafs not dealing for goalie … NHL realignment

  • Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins don’t have an interest in Ryan O’Reilly and with the possibility of moving him to the wing for their top-6.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs will call up Jussi Rynnas to backup Ben Scrivens and the Marlies acquired Drew MacIntrye on loan. They won’t pull off a trade while James Reimer is out for the week he’s expected to miss. Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: If Scrivens falters, and if Reimer is out long-term, Kosham lists potential goalies the Leafs could go after. Trading for Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jonas Hiller (ANA) or Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM). Free agent options are Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. Roberto Luongo is highly unlikely due to the asking price of Nazem Kadri and/or Tyler Bozak.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHL’s realignment plan may be known in the next couple weeks.

    “The last two weeks we’ve been in constant communication with the NHLPA on realignment issues,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Tuesday. “We’ve been exchanging information and we’re trying to get to a resolution as soon as possible.”

    They will meet again to discuss realignment next week, with the possibility of putting it to vote in the week of Feb. 25th. LeBrun thinks there are a couple teams moving around from the December 2011 proposal that is listed below.

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

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