Originally Posted by Bnhershy
You definitely make some sound arguments, but i'm going to have to agree to disagree. the NHL simply has no desire to lose any franchise no matter how poorly run it is or how brutal the market for hockey is. i just don't see the league putting struggling franchises further at risk. in a perfect world, a loser tourney has a lot of benefits like you've stated. but once again, I just don't see it happening anytime soon. not with the current state of the league or what it projects to look like in the next 5 years.
That being said, Rep to you for some very eloquent arguments. (not that you need any :P)
I agree with you that the NHL doesn't want to lose any franchises but I simply don't think that having a tournament decide who gets what pick would really be the death of a franchise. Odds are there were many other factors in play that were killing that franchise before the lack of a top pick came into play. That also ignores the fact that there is no saying that team couldn't earn the top pick AND it ignores the fact that this deserving team could lose the top pick either through the current lottery or the new lottery proposed by the NHL.
But I still really don't see how a loser's tournament would cause the death of a franchise because any GM with any sense at all would to take stock of the fact that under a system that doesn't simply reward the top pick to the worst team would make endeavours to improve his team and if you really think that some teams are beyond saving then clearly you've ignored what's occurred in Florida and Phoenix these past couple of years.
If there was to be a casualty of this tournament I'd suspect it would be trade deadline day but that day is already kind of disappointing as is so who knows.
I'd also point out that my vision for what the NHL should be does not involve 30 teams so I am fairly unsympathetic to any line of thinking that says we have to save all these teams.
But I also agree that the NHL would never go for it because they haven't had any outside the box thinking for a long time and that's because they've all got their heads stuck up each others' asses.