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SBD/February 13, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NHL Working With NHLPA On Realignment Plan With More Balanced Travel Schedules
Published February 13, 2013
NEED TO BE HEARD: Capitals LW and player rep Jason Chimera said that the players "simply want a voice" in the realignment process. Chimera: "That's all you ever want. As a player, when you play hockey you want a voice, you want to, you know, voice your opinions. They realigned everything without our consent, so that was the biggest thing. I think it's supposed to be a partnership and you want to have some say in some things and they just kind of threw it at us and said, 'Here it is.'" He added that the NHLPA's "biggest goal is to get a travel schedule that is as balanced as possible for all teams." Chimera said, "In Columbus it seemed like you were jumping time zones every time. ... It's almost ridiculous how much some teams travel way more than others" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/11).