NHL: Fate of Six Teams Will Be Decided at Owners Meeting in December

September 30th, 2011 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
When the NHL Board of Governors holds its main meeting in December, significant changes to the form of the NHL could result.

Two issues are said to be on the agenda, and if both are addressed, they will affect six teams.

One that is for certain is the switch of Winnipeg from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.

This issue will involve four teams, the Winnipeg Jets, the Detroit Red Wings, the Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That Winnipeg will be affected is a foregone conclusion. It will simply move from the Southeast division into the Central division with the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues and the two failed suitors of the above group.

The other three teams are bidding to move east to have easier flying times and expenses, and to have better rivals with closer cities.

Based on clout and prestige within the league, bet on Detroit to be the lucky team. Besides the obvious flying time/expenses savings, it wants to move east where it can rekindle its traditional rivalries with four of its "original six" partners, the Bruins, the Maple Leafs, the Canadiens and the Rangers, especia ...

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