Board of Governors approve realignment plan

Realignment comin’ For the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season, the National Hockey League will feature only four divisions, and for the first time in 15 years, every team is guaranteed to play in the arena of every other team thanks to the new plan approved by the league’s Board of Governors on Thursday. “This goes into the good news category,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday. “We can begin the process of preparing next year’s schedule.” Here’s a quick and easy infographic from NHL.com explaining the situation: Last week, the NHL reported that the divisions would …

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The Day Before Tomorrow

Today is the day. As a consortium of six owners and 18(?) players meet at 2 PM in Times Square, they hold the power to either advance Collective Bargaining Agreement talks or give up and move toward canceling the 2012-13 season. “We have confirmed with the Union that we will attempt to schedule a players/owners-only meeting for some time on Tuesday afternoon in New York,” NHL Deupty Commissioner Bill Daly said a Tuesday morning statement. “No further details have been confirmed at this point. The expectation is, depending on the outcome, that the Board of Governors will either delay an …