With the Winnipeg Jets making their highly anticipated return to the NHL, at least here in Canada, the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to the Canadian North has forced the NHL to re-align the divisions for the 2012-13 season.
In a previous article by yours truly, I broke down three possible re-alignments the NHL may use.
Out of all of them, the move of the Nashville Predators to the Southeast and the Winnipeg Jets to the Central appears to be the most likely move. However, the NHL has been rumored to be considering going back to a four-division format, which may make for some wonderful rivalries, but may force some rivalries to be put on the back burner.
In this article, I will breakdown 10 such rivalries that must stay intact when the NHL re-aligns their divisions.