Agence France-PresseFebruary 27, 2013 00:45
The National Hockey League on Tuesday unveiled a proposed realignment plan based on geographic proximity and featuring a playoff format that would include wild card entrants.
The proposal calls for four groupings based primarily on geographic locations, divided into Atlantic, Central, Midwest and Pacific Divisions. The Eastern and Western Conference would keep their names.
The breakdown for the new divisions would have Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington in the Atlantic.