Last week, word came out about the proposed divisional re-alignment but there have been some tweaks since then. Michael Russo of The Athletic is among those to report (Twitter link) that Minnesota and Dallas have flipped from their original planning. That means that the divisions now currently line up as follows:
Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg.
Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.
Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay.
Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose, St. Louis, Vegas.
Of course, this could wind up changing again if the all-Canadian division doesn’t get off the ground due to an inability to reach an agreement with each provincial health authority and the Canadian teams are forced to temporarily relocate to the United States. As things stand, this will only be a one-time change with the divisions going back to their usual breakdowns for the 2021-22 campaign.
More on the NHL’s restart plan:
- Players and team staff will be extremely restricted on the road. TSN’s Frank Seravalli notes (via Twitter) that all team members will be strictly limited to the team hotel, practice rink, and game rink in an effort to reduce the potential for anyone contracting COVID-19. Limitations will also be placed on in-flight seating, in-flight catering, usage of hotel gyms, and more. While the general framework of the agreement in place, these smaller elements still need to be finalized and agreed upon.
- The NHLPA executive committee discussed the agreement on a call late Friday night and the Board of Governors will soon do the same as TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie relays (Twitter link) that their call to discuss and potentially ratify the terms. Meanwhile, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston adds (via Twitter) that general managers will also have a call on Sunday to go over some questions that need some clarification.