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LeBrun's plan: What I would have done

12/7/2011

The NHL's board of governors resolved realignment Monday night, and I don't mind the four-conference lineup it came up with. But if I were given the power of 20 voting governors (you need 20 of 30 votes to pass realignment), here's what I would have chosen in the Pierre LeBrun Realignment Solution, which begins with going back to some old division names and some new ones:

Eastern Conference

Adams Division

Boston

Buffalo

Carolina

Detroit

Montreal

Ottawa

Toronto

Patrick Division

Florida

New Jersey

N.Y. Islanders

N.Y. Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay

Washington

Western Conference

Smythe Division

Anaheim

Colorado

Calgary

Edmonton

Los Angeles

Phoenix

San Jose

Vancouver

Norris Division

Chicago

Columbus

Dallas

Minnesota

Nashville

St. Louis

Winnipeg