Could Red Wings finally move to Eastern Conference?

Latest proposal moves Detroit and Columbus to East

Published On: Feb 24 2013 04:12:48 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 24 2013 04:54:29 AM EST
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DETROIT -

The Detroit Red Wings may fly into the NHL's Eastern Conference if a new realignment proposal moves forward.

According to a blog on the Washington Post, CBC's Elliotte Friedman said the plan includes four conferences like the one the NHL tried to install last season before it was rejected by the NHLPA.

Two Eastern conferences would have eight teams each while the West would have seven in each conference.  The change would move Detroit and Columbus into the Eastern conference.

Here is what the conference breakdown would look like, according Friedman's report:

Conference 1: Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Conference 2: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Conference 3: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Lous Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

Conference 4: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.