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Snider talks re-alignment

Friday, 12.9.2011 / 9:28 AM ET / News
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Snider talks re-alignment
Flyers owner Ed Snider touched on a variety of topics including realignment, his team and his upcoming induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's "NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman," Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider touched on a variety of topics including realignment, the current state of his team and his upcoming induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

 WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
WATCH: A CLOSER LOOK
  THE NEW CONFERENCE LOOK
  PLAYING HYPOTHETICAL
WATCH: FORMAT DETAILS
WATCH: BOARD'S VOTE
WATCH: ABOUT THE PROCESS
WATCH: NHL NETWORK'S TAKE

THE FOUR CONFERENCES
CONFERENCE (7 TEAMS)
PHI, NJ, PIT, NYI, NYR, WSH, CAR

CONFERENCE (7 TEAMS)
BOS, MTL, TOR, OTT, BUF, FLA, TBL

CONFERENCE (8 TEAMS)

DET, CBJ, NSH, STL,
CHI, MIN, DAL, WNP

CONFERENCE (8 TEAMS)
LA, ANH, PHX, SJ,
VAN, CGY, EDM, COL
Snider brought the Flyers into the League in 1967-68 as part of the first expansion, which brought an end to the Original Six era. Within seven years they were Stanley Cup champions, and repeated the following year in 1975.

The Flyers started out in the West Division before moving into the newly-created Patrick Division for the 1974-75 season, and they have been part of the Atlantic Division since its inception for the 1993-94 campaign.

With the Board of Governors having approved realignment at this week's meetings, pending approval from the Players' Association the Flyers will find themselves in a conference next season with their four current Atlantic rivals -- the Devils, Islanders, Rangers and Penguins -- as well as the Capitals and the Hurricanes.

"I thought it was going to be a long, drawn-out debate, and it was relatively simple because it seemed like everyone was well-versed in it and knew what they wanted," Snider said. "As far as I'm personally concerned, I think we gave up a lot in the sense that we loved the system and the divisions we had, but we did it because we felt that it was the proper thing to do for our partners in the League. It solved almost all of the problems and that's why you got the vote that you got.

"I'm concerned because I think the playoffs are going to be very rough for us in the conference that we're in, and it's going to be hard to get out of that conference to get to the Finals, but listen, if you're the best team, you're going to do it. So that's what we have to face. But unfortunately it's going to be a battle."

Since claiming their second Cup, the Flyers have been back to the Final on six occasions, as recently as 2010, without winning a championship.

"We're very excited. I mean, I really like the makeup of the team," Snider said. "We've been playing a lot of young players -- one night recently we had 10 rookies in the lineup. There's a lot of enthusiasm. They're playing hard, the coaching is outstanding, and I've got my fingers crossed for a great season. So far we're doing well despite major injuries from time to time. We're hanging in there, so I'm excited and I just can't wait to see how it all comes out."

Snider, whose contributions to hockey in the U.S. include not only his stewardship of the Flyers but his work with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, will enter the Hall in a ceremony Monday in Chicago along with former players Chris Chelios, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk and broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick.

"I'm very honored to be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame because I've been involved in hockey in the United States since 1967, and when I started there were six U.S. players in the League and now there's well over 200," Snider said. "So we've seen it grow tremendously, not only at the NHL level, but at the amateur ranks, the college ranks and throughout the United States. And the organization's done a great job and I'm glad to be recognized as one of the people who helped U.S. hockey grow."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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