NHL CBA Proposal: Winnipeg, Columbus to Switch Divisions in 2013?

December 29th, 2012 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
One final detail to trickle out of the NHL's 300-page Friday CBA proposal may just send a 7.0 earthquake of sudden surprise rippling through two major hockey cities.

Hours after many of the proposal's key points hit the airwaves, news broke that the CBA, if accepted, would switch the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2013-14 season.

Talk within NHL of flipping Winnipeg and Columbus for this year only pending future realignment...

— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) December 28, 2012 For Clarification: There's No thought of Realignment for shortened 2013season. Plan is to be in full effect for October 2013. #Jetsineast

— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 29, 2012 The Jets would move from the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division to occupy the former Blue Jackets' spot in the Western Conference's Central Division, joining Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis.

Meanwhile, Columbus would take the Jets' Southeast Division place alongside Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Washington.

Winnipeg was stuck in the Southeast for the 2011-12 season after the team relocated from Atlanta the previo ...

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