NHLPA blocks realignment, modified playoffs

Alignment to remain same for 2012-13 season

Published On: Jan 06 2012 08:12:35 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 06 2012 08:23:08 PM EST
DETROIT -

The National Hockey League announced Friday that it will not move forward with implementation of the realignment plan and modified playoff format recently approved by the NHL Board of Governors for the 2012-13 NHL season because the NHLPA has refused to provide its consent.

"It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve a Plan that an overwhelming majority of our Clubs voted to support, and that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members of the hockey community, including Players," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. 

The realignment called for disolving the six divisions and two conferences and forming four "conferences" to be named at a later date.

The Detroit Red Wings would play in a conference with eight teams including the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

Two other conferences would have seven teams and another would have eight.

The playoffs would be set up to reseed teams cross-conference in each series.