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Forum: NHLMar. 26 at 4:10 p.m.
Forum: NHLMar. 20 at 11:35 a.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HockeyScotty</b></div><div>I am 100% behind this idea too for the draft pick.

The negatives I heard in the NHL media was that it would diminish the trade deadline; but I think the opposite is true. The teams at the bottom would become very active buyers too in order to improve their team and try and win games.

What this would do I think is reduce the chances of good players taking "bargain deals" to play for a bottom tier team hoping to get dealt at the deadline. Vets might sit out the summer free agency and then pick and choose which team to sign with after a few months of the regular season to ensure they picked a contender. This would only be a handful of players every year (ala Zach Parise) so don't think it's a big concern.

But teams like Chicago, San Jose, etc could then go after high salary guys that are "cap dumps" from contenders more often to increase their chances of winning games. It would almost be like players getting "loaned" to them. For example, Washington could have loaned Kuznetsov to San Jose at full cap hit instead of retaining and then used that cap space bring in someone like Tomas Hertl to help their own playoff chances.

Fans of tanking teamswould have renewed enthusiasm for the back half of the season and I think we would see less "strip it to the studs" rebuilds and more remodels/retool types of roster construction by GMs.</div></div>

I'm in favor of anti-tanking measures but having the bottom teams fight for points further disadvantages the worst teams.

My idea is weighting lottery odds by quarter. The final quarter would have the least impact on draft position.
Prevents bubble teams or teams that are heavy sellers, from bombing down to the bottom of the pack after the trade deadline.
Teams that were bad since the first game of the season would have higher odds earned through the earlier part of the season.

Another idea is to link lottery odds with cap usage. If you didn't spend to the cap because you never intended to compete this season, your lottery odds would be lowered.
That may result in some extravagant payments on 1 year terms to avoid those lottery penalties, but it also limits how much a team is willing to sell off at the deadline without taking cap back.
Calgary was a cap team and tried to make the playoffs all season. They moved out a few players and significant salary. They already gained draft capital and prospects from those moves.
They don't need the added benefit of better lottery odds if they bottom out after the fact.

Some minor adjustments to lottery odds can be used as anti-tanking measures without completely basing draft position on post-deadline performance.
The idea has never been to reward incompetence, but to buoy teams who need the talent most.
The most evident methods of tanking are not spending competitively and unloading players so you are less able to ice a competitive team.
Those are the things that should negatively impact your lottery odds.
Forum: Armchair-GMMar. 20 at 7:19 a.m.
Forum: Montreal CanadiensMar. 19 at 11:58 p.m.
Forum: NHLMar. 19 at 11:42 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMMar. 17 at 1:33 p.m.
Thread: Fixsburgh
Forum: NHL TradesMar. 16 at 10:32 a.m.
Forum: NHL TradesMar. 14 at 6:20 p.m.
Forum: NHL TradesMar. 14 at 3:17 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>worldwidesensei</b></div><div>And you also seem to be completely missing the point.

Dahlin was literally preferred over ever other player in his draft class. He was the consensus #1 overall pick...He got there by playing on the right side.

Last year, he finished 8th in the league in Norris votes. There were 4 RHD who finished ahead of him in voting. So, sure maybe you prefer 4 RHDs over Dahlin...Either way, the list of players you would prefer over Dahlin is really, really short.

And, once again, Dahlin himself has said he prefers playing on the right. I love people on some hockey board telling literally one of the best defenseman in the game where he should be playing.</div></div>

I wasn't speaking about Dahlin specifically, I was responding to why handedness actually does matter in many aspects.
Dahlin is good enough to play on his off side, but there are trade-offs to doing so.

Generally speaking, it's a benefit offensively to have your blade opened towards the middle of the ice, but potentially detrimental in the majority of other situations.
You're able to direct more pucks on net and make more cross ice passes, but it does hamper your ability to control the puck along the boards.
You don't have the same control handling pucks on the backhand because of the curve of the blade and you have to cross arms or turn your back in order to play those pucks.

The player's skill or comfort level don't change the physics. They <strong>will</strong> be forced into disadvantageous situations that would not be an issue for a player of proper handedness.
Being able to manage those situations doesn't negate the fact that a defender on his "correct" side would not be entering those situations at a disadvantage.
Forum: NHL TradesMar. 14 at 4:58 a.m.
Forum: NHLMar. 11 at 1:49 p.m.

Instead of having a LTIR "pool", each instance of a player being on LTIR is its own "slot".
Mark Stone on LTIR can be replaced with <strong>one</strong> player with a cap hit up to $9.5M. Not four players with a combined cap hit of less than $9.5M.
If you replace him with a $1M player, you forego the other $8.5M.

It was never the intention for a team to "gain" cap space with an injury. The system is intended to allow teams to "replace" the missing player.
Obviously you can't account for the difference in the quality of the player lost and his replacement, but that's where your depth is tested and other players get their opportunity to step up and prove themselves.

The cap limit itself should apply to the active roster on any given night (including playoffs).
You could end up in a situation where you acquire Hertl to replace Stone, and then Stone comes back.
In that case you would have to choose who to dress to be compliant if you don't have the cap space available to accommodate both.

<strong>OT Points</strong>

A couple random ideas:
- Award 2 points for regulation win. 1 point for OT/SO win. Encourage teams to do their best to end the game in regulation. No more loser points.
- Extra Time. Periods don't end on a buzzer but on a whistle. Play continues until a natural stoppage. More last second heroics and potential to avoid OT. No more "did the puck cross the line before the buzzer". Teams might get to finish their power play instead of having it interrupted by the intermission, etc.

<strong>Tanking/Draft Order</strong>

Draft odds are "earned" by quarter. The final 22 games carry less weight.
If Chicago is last place in all 4 quarters, they get ~25% odds.
If Chicago and Anaheim alternate last place all season (starting with Chicago), Chicago gets ~20% and Anaheim gets ~18% (because the last quarter gets less weight).
If Columbus is 5th last for the first 3 quarters and Calgary hovered around 10th then sells off all their players at the deadline and drops below 5th, Columbus will still have higher odds than Calgary due to being in a lower standing for longer. (Say Columbus gets 7.5% in 6th, Calgary might only have 5% odds despite being in 5th.)
Forum: NHLMar. 10 at 10:27 p.m.