Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman reported tonight that the NHL has presented a new ralignment plan to its teams, with the hope of getting the 30-team league resituated before the 2013-14 season.
In this plan, the Blue Jackets would move to the Eastern Conference along with the Detroit Red Wings. The Jackets would join Carolina, New Jersey, the New York Islander, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington in one 'conference', while the Red Wings joining Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto in the other 'conference.'
Friedman reported that NHL teams were informed of this during the week, and one club executive confirmed as much to The Dispatch tonight. However, asked after tonight's 2-1 loss to St. Louis, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said he'd heard nothing of this.
Also, Friedman said the NHL players' association will be informed this week of the plans. The plan is to get an agreement in place for the next NHL Board of Governors meeting.
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