Originally Posted by STONE.
They wouldn't need byes -- don't forget about Quebec City and Toronto 2.0 coming in 2014!
This would be a sweet and completely original idea. If my team missed the playoffs, I'd be excited to watch it. You'd arguably see teams stocking up at the trade deadline in order to compete in this mini-tourney.
If you're gonna do it, do it completely -- have every pick determined this way. Use goals for as the determining factor for those elminated at the same time. Bettman wants more goals; you'd see teams trying to score 9 in round I in order to ensure that if they get knocked out in the second round, they'd still get the best of the consolation picks.
The only problem is it might deter from the first round of the playoffs a bit?
You could either delay the playoffs by a week and have the tournament held during that week or you could wait until those nights during the first and second round when most series have wrapped up and therefore the schedule is light/non-existent. It's not perfect but it works.