The relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg before last season has created travel troubles for the Jets and their Southeast Division rivals that need to be resolved.
The league’s board of governors thought it had the problem settled when a realignment plan that would change the current system from six divisions to four conferences was formed in December 2011. But the players’ association rejected the plan, leaving all clubs in place for this season.
The union turned down the proposal because of travel concerns and potential unfair playoff qualifications. League and players’ association representatives met in Toronto this week, and the hope is a new plan will be ready to present to the board of governors by the end of February.
This time, it is expected that the players will sign off on the plan before it goes to the board for a vote.
Neither the Olympic issue nor realignment was addressed in the new collective bargaining agreement that ended the lockout.