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Red Wings like new 4-conference NHL format; travel reduced, every team coming to Joe | Detroit Free Press |
The Red Wings got their wish, as the new NHL alignment planned unveiled Monday during Board of Governor meetings will reduce the travel schedule.

Red Wings' brass happy, excited about NHL realignment |
The Wings organ-i-zation seems to be pleased with the new four conference realignment

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Is it too late to ‘Vote for Jimmy?’
It's never too late to #VoteJimmah

The Wizard of Os: Is Jimmy Howard the New Chris Osgood?
Friend of the Podcast, P.G. Marsh, with a nice post on Jimmy Howard and his career, his season, and just where he ranks among goaltenders. A nice write-up...take a read.

Darren 'Selke' Helm | December
Helm for Selke? Not this season, but in the future? Why not? Draper won the Selke and Helm is Drapes 2.0 (but with more upside)

Around the NHL

NHL Realignment: Nashville Predators to retain rivalry with current Central teams - On the Forecheck
Check out the chart with the average distance each team has to travel within it's own conference. Goodness, the "Atlantic" conference could literally bus or walk or bike to their opponents rinks.

The biggest lingering mystery about NHL’s realignment - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
What issues still remain after realignment? Four conference champs? What about the Wales and Campbell trophies? And just what the hell will they name each conference?

Nick on Sports: 2012 USA WJHC preliminary roster announced...
If you want to know anything about Team USA in the World Juniors then read this post. Nice work by Nick.

Comparing Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby: Fair or not? - Broad Street Hockey
Yeah... no. Datsyuk gets some good lovin' in the comments though. Check it out.

2011 Draft - Forwards and NHL Equivalencies - The Copper & Blue
Comparing all of the forwards drafted in 2011 using NHL equivalencies. Red Wings' draft pick Marek Tvrdon is significantly outperforming his draft position at this point. Let's hope the 115th overall selection can keep up his pace. Thinking of having a big, right-shooting power forward on the Wings in the future would be very nice.

Frequently Asked Questions on Neilson Numbers | Edmonton Journal
Dave Staples tracks something very close to CSSI and it is fantastic.

ESPN fires Barnaby over DWI arrest | ProHockeyTalk
NHL analyst's contract terminated "effective immediately." Maybe you don't drink and drive, you meatheaded shitbag?

Holiday Jets Contest - Amazing Prizes! - Arctic Ice Hockey
Win prizes, give to charity. Win, and win!

Discussion: Realignment, eh? What do you like most about the changes? What do you like the least? What should the four conferences be named? Anything and everything you have to say about the topic.