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Inside the NHL realignment plan

The Red Wings would move to a new division with the Bruins under the proposed NHL realignment plan.

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The Red Wings would move to a new division with the Bruins under the proposed NHL realignment plan.

The NHL unveiled its new realignment plan last week, which could potentially go into effect next season. The biggest change is the switch from six divisions to four, but some teams will need to adjust more than others.

A look at the proposed new divisions:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC DIVISION

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Carolina

Columbus – Having played all 12 of its seasons in the West’s Central Division, it can only get better for the Blue Jackets with a fourth straight last-place finish likely ahead.

New Jersey

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Washington

CENTRAL DIVISION

Boston

Buffalo

Detroit – The Red Wings head back to the East for the first time since the league’s initial expansion era, giving the division four of the NHL’s Original Six franchises.

Florida

Montreal

Ottawa

Tampa Bay

Toronto

WESTERN CONFERENCE

MIDWEST DIVISION

Chicago

Colorado

Dallas

Minnesota

Nashville

St. Louis

Winnipeg – The Jets finally get their reward for relocating from Atlanta; that is, getting out of the Sun Belt and back to a cluster that will greatly reduce their trip mileage.

PACIFIC DIVISION

Anaheim

Calgary

Edmonton – The Oilers’ talented young core will try to put the franchise back on the playoff map by competing in a deep division with some good young goaltenders.

Los Angeles

Phoenix

San Jose

Vancouver

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