2013 NHL Realignment: What Will The Divisions Look Like Next Year?

Rick Stewart

Realignment is coming next season, here is how it will bode for the Buffalo Sabres.

While the 2013 NHL season can all but be written off the for the Buffalo Sabres, the 2013-14 season will most likely have a new look. With the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg a few years ago, it was time for the NHL to reshuffle the divisions and move some teams around to accommodate travel concerns.

Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports had debuted the new proposal from the NHLPA and the NHL, and it doesn't bode well for the Buffalo Sabres:

Conference 1 Conference 2 Conference 3 Conference 4
Boston Carolina Chicago Anaheim
Buffalo Columbus Colorado Calgary
Detroit New Jersey Dallas Edmonton
Florida New York Rangers Minnesota Los Angeles
Montreal New York Islanders Nashville Phoenix
Ottawa Philadelphia St. Louis San Jose
Tampa Bay Pittsburgh Winnipeg Vancouver
Toronto Washington

With the new conference standings, to make it to the playoffs the top four teams in each conference to face off against each other. There is a chance that a wild card playoff would be introduced in the eight team conferences to balance out the chances of making the playoffs.

For the Sabres, this doesn't bode well for now as Detroit comes into the conference. With an 82 game schedule, it makes sense, but not confirmed, that each team would play each other six times in the conference and then a home and home with every team in the other conferences.

What do you think about the new realignment?

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