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At this point, as much as I hate to say it, it makes the most sense to shut the season down completely and not crown a champion. I hate the thought of that, but the league doesn't want there to be any major affect on the 2020-21 season. The playoffs would have to begin no later than late April to fairly award the Stanley Cup and have it not drastically alter next season. If the league were to shorten the playoffs and not finish the regular season, I feel that there would always be the asterisk next to the Cup winner for 2020 and it wouldn't be the same. I also don't think the COVID-19 situation will have any sort of practical resolution in time for the league to resume.

But for fun, let's say the season does continue. I'd have each team get to 72 games, just so they've had a couple games to get their feet back under them. I still don't like that it will effectively eliminate a lot of the bubble teams that way, so here's a solution. The playoff bubbles for each conference has three spots up for grabs. I'd rank the teams 1-11 in the conference. The top 5 in each conference have their spot secured. Then in each conference, 6 plays 11 for a spot, 7 plays 10 and 8 plays 9. It's one game, with the higher seed being the host team. All of these games are played in one day, with games staggered at the half-hour to increase viewership during intermissions (a game at 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30). After those games, the conference is re-ranked 1-8 to accommodate the changes.

Now that we have 8 teams per conference, the matchups are based on conference seeding (1 plays 8, 2 plays 7, 3 plays 6, 4 plays 5). The first two rounds are a best of five, under the 2-2-1 format. The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals are a 2-3-2 format instead of a 2-2-1-1-1 in order to reduce travel time and have faster series. Depending on when the league started back up, they could even do back-to-backs in the first round or two, but it's best to avoid that).

In terms of the offseason schedule, the draft would occur no more than a week after the end of the playoffs. The UFA period would open a short time afterward, and I imagine free agency would move fairly quickly as players will want to get situated into their new homes quickly. The biggest downfall to this is that it leaves a limited amount of time for teams to negotiate extensions with their own UFAs, especially ones acquired at the deadline. The 2020-21 season would start in mid-late October

I view this as the fairest way to award the Cup provided the season starts back up. Of course it's not an ideal situation but it would award the Stanley Cup, make up for a lot of the hockey related revenue the league is losing right now, make the fans incredibly happy, and would still proceed with the offseason in an almost normal manner, just sped up.
Forum: Armchair-GMMar 19 at 4:08
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>KakkoForMauriceRichardAward</b></div><div>Meh... I know Samsonov will only get better and that McMichael will be a star, but Johansen isn't looking like an elite prospects anymore and of course Ovi and Backstrom will start declining in 2 years.

IMO, and I know I'll sound crazy for saying it, but I mean it, they should move Kuznetsov after next season for an A prospect, two first rounders and a good roster player, like a 2nd liner...

Lineup in 21-22:
Player they get in the trade-Eller-Panik

Everything would have to fall into place for a move like that to go down. The Caps would have to be absolutely sold on McMichael being high end 2C if they want to win another with Ovechkin, especially since he wouldn't respond very well to Kuznetsov being dealt. The pieces coming back would also have to be phenomenal, and I don't see us being able to get a package like that for someone with such known defensive issues. Plus when Backstrom retires, we'll need a 1C to take his spot. I'm not sold on McMichael being a 1C, but Kuznetsov and McMichael could be a decent 1-2 down the road. I think most importantly, we just hit on our first round picks. No more Lucas Johansens. I'd like to see us get someone like Braden Schneider or Helge Grans in the first round this year to take a top four spot on the right side down the road. As long as we can get a top nine forward or top four defenseman with a first round pick, we can avoid a long rebuild process post Ovechkin.