Realignment agreement expected soon

THE NHL and NHLPA are working to solve the league’s alignment issues and a solution should be reached in the coming weeks.

The NHL proposed a realignment plan to its board of governors in December of 2011 and it passed. The NHLPA, however, refused to accept the proposal and the league elected to put it on the backburner until a new CBA could be negotiated.

The proposal would have seen the Jets move to a conference with Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville, Dallas and Minnesota.

League sources say work is being done with the union to try and forge a new plan. The NHL would like to begin work on its schedule for next season and realignment must be approved before that work can start.

The schedule is also being held up by a decision on NHL player involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympics.