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The much-debated and wildly prognosticated NHL divisional re-alignment plan threw everyone completely for a loop in the final throes of the matter, as a new plan was approved late Monday night that will re-align the league into 4 Conferences — 2 with 7 teams, 2 with 8. Names don’t appear to have been part of the plan that was approved, so they are merely being referred to as A, B, C, and D.

Here’s what the new NHL will look like:

Conference A
Anaheim
Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose
Vancouver

Conference B
Chicago
Columbus
Dallas
Detroit
Minnesota
Nashville
St. Louis
Winnipeg

Conference C
Boston
Buffalo
Florida
Montreal
Ottawa
Tampa Bay
Toronto

Conference D
Carolina
New Jersey
N.Y. Islanders
N.Y. Rangers
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Washington

There were a lot of issues to be dealt with here, but it appears that when the rubber hit the road it was rivalries that trumped travel costs, late start times and other petty bitching from weaseley owners trying to push their agendas on the other 29 teams in the league.

To that end, Chicago and Detroit (*spitting noise*) will STAY in the same Conference, and should still have a good number of games against each other during the regular season.

And what about that? Who plays whom, and how often? What about the playoffs? Inter-conference games? And when does this take effect? Details are few at this point, but as it all comes across the wire we will send the details out via Twitter. Follow us at the link below to make sure you have the latest!

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