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Kovalchuk Not A Fan of Proposed Realignment

Count Ilya Kovalchuk among the NHLPA members not thrilled with the NHL?s latest realignment proposal.

?For us I don?t 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, TSN?s Darren Dreger said some players weren?t 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 don?t think that?s how it should be,? he said. ?And then those wild cards and all that. I don?t think it makes too much sense.

?Hockey should stay hockey. It doesn?t have to be football.?

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


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