Looks like NHL realignment is not such a done deal, after all. Although Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold seemed let slip that the Winnipeg Jets would move into a new Central Division along with the Wild for the 2012-13 season, an ESPN report suggests no such move in imminent. Rather than the move being a done deal, in fact, ESPN's sources are suggesting that the Atlanta Thrashers' relocation to Winnipeg is prompting the NHL to rethink their entire conference and schedule structure.
Among the possible changes are moving from the current six-division and highly unbalanced schedule to one that features four divisions and is more balanced. Which teams could be moving from one conference to the other also appears to be an open question, as the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets have expressed an interest in moving to the East and the Nashville Predators have asked to move West.