Players react to realignment

Mike Mottau and Steve Staios share their thoughts on the Board of Governor's announcement.

Tuesday, 12.6.2011 / 1:59 PM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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Players react to realignment

Monday evening, the NHL Board of Governors at their meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., voted by a two-thirds majority, 26-4, in favor of realignment.

The new configuration will have the league’s 30 teams split into four conferences. Read the complete NHL coverage here. Watch NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's announcement here.

During Tuesday’s media availability at the Coliseum, a few of the Islanders players, when asked, shared their thoughts on the proposal which still requires the approval of the National Hockey League Players Association.  

“They knew they were going to have to do something,” said Islanders defenseman Steve Staios. “I think that it’s the best way they could have done it to evenly space out travel for everyone and to make it as equal a playing field for everyone.”

Mike Mottau had a similar reaction. “It’s definitely a change,” he said. “It won’t affect the eastern teams as much but it will benefit the western teams. Through the course of the year, travel really wears on teams. They are trying to alleviate some of that.”

In what looks like a good move for NHL fans, next season each team will visit each other once. This gives fans the chance to see teams they may have only ever seen on television in a nationally televised game.

“That was a nice point that they made to have a home-and-home with every team,” Mottau said. The fans, some years don’t get to catch some teams. Next year they will have the opportunity to see each team. It’s a nice adjustment.”

A veteran of the Western Conference, Staios agreed that a return to the format of each team visiting each other is a great for exposure.

 “I think that was one thing, when I was in Edmonton, when the Sidney Crosby’s and Ovechkin’s came into the league, there wasn’t a chance to see these new young dynamic players,” said Staios. “Next year, every fan base will get to see every team. I think in that way it’s good for the fans.”

A date for the NHLPA to vote on the Board of Governors proposal has not been set.

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 3 1 3 2 4
K. Okposo 3 2 1 2 3
J. Tavares 3 1 2 3 3
R. Strome 3 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 3 2 0 1 2
L. Visnovsky 3 0 2 4 2
C. Clutterbuck 3 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 3 0 1 0 1
N. Leddy 3 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 3 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 1 0 .929 2.01

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