Penguins, Flyers Team Up Against NHL Realignment Plan

A reported plan for NHL realignment that would dramatically alter the NHL's divisional landscape has drawn mixed reactions around the league. Teams and fans either love it or hate it -- or they think it's just OK.

Count the Flyers and Penguins among the proposals biggest opponents. The new plan would put the intrastate rivals in different divisions, which would mean the sides would play just two games each season in a home-and-home series.

That's hardly enough fuel to preserve a classic rivalry. Think Flyers fans are OK with just one chance to boo the heck out of Sidney Crosby?

"We are in 100 percent agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins," Flyers President Peter Luukko, a member of the Board of Governors, told the Daily Times (Delaware County, Penn.). "We are in close communication with them on this subject.

Luukko added, "This is a big rivalry that means a lot not only to us as a franchise, but to our fans, their fans, and the entire state of Pennsylvania."

Keep up with the latest updates and opinion with our comprehensive NHL Realignment StoryStream. And get more local reaction from our Penguins blog, PensBurgh and Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey.

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