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NHL players shoot down realignment for 2012-2013

In a surprising show of defiance, the NHL Players Association rejected an NHL realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season — but some see this as a bargaining chip in the upcoming CBA talks. The rejection was surprising because players, when interviewed, didn’t really voice many objections to a drastic — and long overdue — realignment […]

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Orlando Solar Bears unveil logo

The Orlando Solar Bears, slated to join the ECHL in the 2012-2013 season, unveiled their logo last night. The logo, designed by Joe Bosack, features the popular mascot, “Shades,” and consist of the historical teal and purple color scheme. “A focus group made up of youth hockey players and coaches, past Solar Bears season ticket […]

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NHL approves extreme alignment

You can’t say the NHL isn’t bold, approving a drastic realignment plan calling for four conferences and home-and-away series with every other team. NHL officials had been mulling several different realignment plans to accomodate the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg this season. But once it was apparent there would some level of realignment, […]

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Hockey returning to Maple Leaf Gardens

{jathumbnail off} Hockey will be returning to Maple Leaf Gardens next year, as a renovation of the only remaining Original Six arena will bring an ice surface under the white dome. The former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs is in the midst of an audacious $71-million renovation that sees a Loblaws store built on […]

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Western NHL seeking AHL West: report

Reps from eight Western NHL teams have lobbied NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly about working with the AHL on a western division or establishing a new league, according to TSN. The eight teams — the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks — […]

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Realignment hot topic in NHL circles

With Winnipeg entering the NHL, realignment has been a hot topic in NHL circles — and now it looks like a drastic overhaul of divisions and conferences has a change of passage for next season. As first reported by Elliotte Friedman on the Hot Stove segment of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the plan would […]

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New for 2012: Tampa Bay Times Forum

The home of the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) will have a new name at the beginning of 2012 — the Tampa Bay Times Forum — as the naming-rights holder will be undergoing a name change at the same time. The St. Petersburg Times is taking a more regional approach to its branding and will seize […]

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