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Gary Bettman expects realignment in '12

Updated: June 1, 2011, 9:53 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Commissioner Gary Bettman believes the NHL will adopt a more balanced schedule when the relocated Winnipeg franchise likely moves to the Western Conference in 2012.

In his annual state-of-the-league address before the Stanley Cup finals opener Wednesday, Bettman also said he hopes the NHL will begin issuing harsher suspensions for rough play.

Bettman is grateful his league doesn't have the specter of labor talks hanging over an otherwise successful ...

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