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:
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.
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.
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.
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.