PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- With realignment approved by the Board of Governors on Monday, Tuesday became a day of revisiting the decision and dissecting some of the finer points of the four-conference system the NHL intends to implement for the 2012-13 season.
Here are five items from the radical realignment plan that deserve a closer look:
1. Intensifying rivalries
The Stanley Cup Playoff format in the four-conference alignment is set up to create new rivalries and add energy to traditional ones.
Since the first two rounds of the playoffs will be played within the conference, the teams that battle each other for the majority of the regular-season games will be the teams faced in the early playoff rounds.