Realigning the stars
The National Hockey League will have a new look next season after the board of governors agreed to a new alignment on Monday which will see teams divided into four conferences.
The current Eastern Conference, which features three divisions, will be divided into two new conferences. In essence the existing Southeast Division will be broken up and spread between the other two current divisions. Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston and Buffalo will be joined by Florida and Tampa Bay in a new conference.
The New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New Jersey will welcome Carolina and Washington.
Out west, Detroit, Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville and Chicago will be joined by Minnesota, Winnipeg and Dallas.
The remaining teams in the current Northwest and Pacific divisions will merge into a new conference. It will feature Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Colorado, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose and Phoenix.
The relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg in the off-season necessitated the NHL to take a look at its divisional alignment. (Photo by Todd Korol/Reuters)