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Morning Skate: Realignment

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It’s the new word.

Defense Men of Boston Bruins

It seems like the various phases of this weird NHL run have been tied to single words.

Suspension. Restart. Bubble.

And now: realignment!

That’s the latest buzzword circling the NHL, as reports suggest the league is considering realignment, hubs, and more for the upcoming season, whenever it may be.

The realignment part makes sense, as it’s probably safer to have regional match-ups as opposed to regular cross-country travel. Let’s just say it’s probably safe to assume the Bruins won’t be making many West Coast swings this season.

However, the league did say that they’re not considering permanent, long-term bubbles. Instead, they’re looking at extended mini-bubbles.

Per ESPN:

“But we’re also exploring the possibility of a hub. You’ll come in. You’ll play for 10 to 12 days. You’ll play a bunch of games without traveling. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family.”

MINI HUBS??? What will they think of next?

Today’s highlight

This probably wasn’t legal, but it ruled.

Today’s discussion topic

If you could remove one and add one team to the Atlantic Division, what moves would you make?