The NHL's Board of Governors approved a new, four-conference format for the league Monday, with the new conferences to be implemented at the start of next season.
Realignment was deemed necessary when the Atlanta Thrashers, who played in the Southeast division, moved to Winnipeg. As a result, the Jets will play in the Central division with more mid-western teams.
The four conferences (yet-to-be-named) will look like this:
Conference 1 (seven teams): Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto.
Conference 2 (seven teams): Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.
Conference 3 (eight teams): Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg.
Conference 4 (eight teams): Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver.
One major change that accompanies the realignment is...
If anyone was wondering how the Bruins measured up to the first-place Penguins, a convincing answer was given Monday night when the B's beat the Penguins, 3-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Gregory Campbell got the B's on the board in the second period with his second goal of the season, with Benoit Pouliot taking a feed from Rich Peverley and beating Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 2-0. Tyler Seguin scored 1:07 into the third period before Bruins nemesis Matt Cooke broke up Tim Thomas' shutout bid at 10:54 of the final period.
The game featured two fights, with Brad Marchand taking on Matt Niskanen after the pesky B's forward slew-footed the Penguins defenseman in the second period. Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with former Northeastern forward Joe Vitale in the third period after Vitale ran into Tim Thomas.
Thomas finished the night with 45 saves. The B's now have points in 15 straight games (14-0-1), and have 35 points. A...
DALLAS -- Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard clarified to WEEI.com Monday evening that he still has no preferences when it comes to whether or not he remains a reliever, or makes the switch to the starting rotation for the 2012 season.
When talking about Bard during his meeting with the Boston media at the baseball winter meetings Monday, Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that the team still hadn't decided what role the righty would fill but that pitcher did express a desire when it come to a preferred role. Bard, who talked to new manager Bobby Valentine earlier Monday, said the team might have believed starting was his preference due to the larger scale changes that would have to take place.
"I really didn't give an actual preference," Bard said. "I did make it very clear to them that I have no reservations about moving to the rotation. I told them I'd take any role they choose to give me and run with it, whether that's starting or...
DALLAS -- According to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, the Red Sox aren't likely to be in the mix when it comes to signing top tier free agent pitchers. At various times this offseason, the Sox have been linked to the likes of C.J. Wilson, Mark Buerhle, Roy Oswalt and Hiroki Kuroda. But, as was reported by WEEI.com Saturday, some financial flexibility would have to be attained if such pitchers were going to become viable free agent signings by the Sox.
"You never say never, but I think it's more likely we'll be pursuing other options," Cherington said during his session with the Boston media at the baseball winter meetings. "We always want to stay involved to the extent we have the latest information and keep your options open because you never know what may come your way and how that may change things. I would say it's less likely we'll be involved in those top tier guys as relative to the past."
Part of the Red Sox'...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show for his weekly Monday breakdown and said his team needed to be more consistent in the wake of Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Colts.
"We didn't have a very good start to the game," Belichick said. "Once we got going there we put up a lot of points and didn't give up many. Then at the end we couldn't make a first down and couldn't stop them. We all saw it. We need to be more consistent."
Asked what went wrong in the fourth quarter, Belichick said, "It was mainly some big plays that we gave up. It was a combination of things. We didn't rush as well as we needed to, we didn't cover as well as we needed to. Maybe we could have called things a little bit differently in a couple of places. … There's a couple I'd like to have back, and I'm sure there are a couple the players would like to have back."
The coach did have praise for Vince Wilfork, who recorded...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SI
Texas Rangers sideline reporter Emily Jones likes getting doused by Gatorade. A D&C caller accuses the guys of being sexist in their analysis, which leads to a debate of the hottest sideline reporters in sports.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Tuesday's Dale and Holley show which feature some measure of tension during the interview with John Farrell and during a Rick Porcello debate
The Red Sox needed a big start from a pitcher, and Porcello delivered. Glenn and Lou talk about last night’s win in Tampa and discuss what ERod needs to do while down in Triple A.
David Price is on the mound this afternoon in Tampa, but after last outing’s terrible performance, the pressure is on for him to perform. Glenn and Lou discuss Price and his need to take over a game.
Red Sox GM Mike Hazen joins Glenn and Lou to talk about what went into sending ERod down to Pawtucket, and what the trade market looks like at this point in the season.
Ugh. Dale and Michael after another crap-fest of a Red Sox game break it all down and listen in to John Farrell and David Price's post game comments.
We close the show out with some of the best cuts of the day.
Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
It's somewhat of a rarity on D&C, but the phone lines were open on Tuesday as the Kirk Minihane haters and MiniFans alike called in take him on.More from this show
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