There will be no realignment for the 2012-13 season in the NHL as the Players Association has vetoed the proposed change.
The NHL approved the realignment a month ago and gave the NHLPA a Janaury 6 deadline to approve it. The Association had a couple of worries including increased travel and the unbalanced conferences that had seven teams in two conferences and eight teams in the other two. The NHL did not satisfy the demands of the players so the deadline came and went. The NHL will now likely look at other options to get approval. "We believe the union acted unreasonably in violation of the league's rights," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "We intend to evaluate all of our available legal options and to pursue adequate remedies, as appropriate." Stay tuned as this is far from over.