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Kovalchuk Not A Fan of Proposed Realignment

Count Ilya Kovalchuk among the NHLPA members not thrilled with the NHLs latest realignment proposal.

For us I dont think it makes any sense to change it, Kovalchuk told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. We have a great division with good travel for all the teams in our division. A lot of rivalry games.

This past week has seen a lot of developments on new-look conferences and proposed playoff formats (see related posts below.)

Earlier this morning, TSNs Darren Dreger said some players werent thrilled with the prospect of imbalanced conferences the East would have 16 teams while the West would have 14 and the idea of wildcard playoff spots.

Kovalchuk re-iterated that feeling.

Overall, with 16 teams on our side and 14 teams over there, I dont think thats how it should be, he said. And then those wild cards and all that. I dont think it makes too much sense.

Hockey should stay hockey. It doesnt have to be football.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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