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Monday, December 5, 2011
LeBrun's plan: What I would have done

By Pierre LeBrun

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