Report: Proposed realignment would move Detroit, Columbus to East

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The NHL is still working on realignment, and according to Elliotte Friedman on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada the latest proposal would see the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets move to the eastern side of the league.

As it stands now, the proposal would see the league have four "conferences." Two of them would be eight-team conferences on the eastern side, and the other side feature two seven-team conferences on the western side.

Eastern Side
Conference 1 Conference 2
Carolina Hurricanes Boston Bruins
Columbus Blue Jackets Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils Detroit Red Wings
New York Islanders Florida Panthers
New York Rangers Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals Toronto Maple Leafs

And the Western side.

Western Side
Conference 3 Conference 4
Chicago Blackhawks Anaheim Ducks
Colorado Avalanche Calgary Flames
Dallas Stars Edmonton Oilers
Minnesota Wild Los Angeles Kings
Nashville Predators Phoenix Coyotes
St. Louis Blues San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets Vancouver Canucks

Moving Detroit and Columbus into a conference with other Eastern Time Zone teams just makes too much sense for it to not happen. Not only from a travel point of view, but there's also some great natural rivalries in there as well. The league and NHLPA hope to have this all wrapped up by the end of next week.

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