Report: NHL establishes tentative realignment plan
The NHL has mapped out a tentative realignment plan for the 2020-21 campaign as it attempts to ease travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 31 teams will be split into four geographical divisions, with one being composed of all seven Canadian clubs, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that travel will be a main issue for the league and an all-Canadian division is a likely scenario.
Here's a breakdown of the current plan, which hasn't been finalized and is still subject to change, LeBrun adds.
|Toronto Maple Leafs
|New Jersey Devils
|New York Islanders
|New York Rangers
|Columbus Blue Jackets
|Detroit Red Wings
|Tampa Bay Lightning
|Los Angeles Kings
|San Jose Sharks
|St. Louis Blues
|Vegas Golden Knights
The NHL has targeted a Jan. 13 start date, and both the league and players apparently prefer to play a 56-game schedule.