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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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