Why NHLPA OK'd realignment 

March, 8, 2013

The NHL realignment plan still has unbalanced conferences. It still presents a playoff advantage in one conference because there are fewer teams. And yet this time, after careful deliberation through a series of conference calls, the NHLPA has signed off on the drastic realignment that sends the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets to the East and the Winnipeg Jets into a division that makes geographical sense.

So what was the difference this time around that earned the NHLPA's approval? The league worked much more closely with the players and was better prepared to answer questions about concerns than it was after the last attempt at realignment.