The NHL is working on a realignment plan to accommodate COVID-19 border restrictions that would see the seven Canadian teams regroup.
“Yeah, can’t wait to be there… just Canadian teams competing against each other. Will it ever happen again? If not, let’s make the most of it, ”Chiasson told the Edmonton Journal.
The 30-year-old, who scored 11 goals and 24 points in 65 games last season, knows full well just how tough the shortened season games could be, all but the Ottawa Senators part of the return to play. of the NHL during the summer.
“There are no easy games in our league, but the California part of things has changed since I started in the league. You used to go to Anaheim, LA, and San Jose… those were really tough games to win. But these teams are being rebuilt, ”Chiasson said.
“We know how our games are going with Calgary, Vancouver has taken a giant leap forward. Winnipeg has all the tools to succeed, Montreal has changed … they added that (Josh) Anderson who is a Tom Wilson-type player and (Joel) Edmundson who is tall and (Tyler) Toffoli is a heckuva player. It’s almost as if (Canadiens general manager Marc) Bergevin knew there would be a Canadian division. Toronto has (Auston) Matthews and Mitch Marner. Vancouver has (Elias) Pettersson and (Quinn) Hughes. And Calgary… like I said, we’re looking forward to those games.
“It will be a very difficult division,” added Chiasson. “I know people will say Ottawa is rebuilding itself, but they added a few pieces. There are no gifts in there, ”
Chiasson had one goal and two points in four games on the return to play as the fifth-seeded Oilers were beaten by the Chicago Blackhawks to miss the playoffs for the third straight season.
As the Canadian division appears stuck, TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun reported last week that the NHL was looking to make some adjustments to the divisions proposed in the realignment plan and shared with the governors last Wednesday.
As of last week, the league planned to have the following four divisions:
Toronto Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators-Winnipeg Jets-Vancouver Canucks-Calgary Flames-Montreal Canadiens-Edmonton Oilers
Bruins de Boston-Sabres de Buffalo-Islanders de New York-Rangers de New York-Diables du New Jersey-Flyers de Philadelphie-Penguins de Pittsburgh-Capitals de Washington
Tampa Bay Lightning-Florida Panthers-Nashville Predators-Carolina Hurricanes-Columbus Blue Jackets-Detroit Red Wings-Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings-Anaheim Ducks-Vegas Golden Knights-Colorado Avalanche-Arizona Coyotes-Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues
While there is still no confirmed start date for next season, TSN Hockey insiders Darren Dreger and LeBrun as well as TSN senior reporter Frank Seravalli reported last week that the NHL is aiming for a debut of regular season Jan. 13 with training camps set to begin. early January.