It’s the story everyone is talking about. In a shocking upset, the Columbus Blue Jackets have swept the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning after a 7-3 victory last night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
It’s a familiar story for Canucks fans, who watched the home team suffer a similar fate six years ago, as they were quickly dusted off by the Los Angeles Kings in five games mere weeks after being crowned the league’s best team in 2011-2012.
We all know what happened after that. That incarnation of the Canucks was never the same and quickly imploded after firing head coach Alain Vigneault and replacing him with current Blue Jackets bench boss John Tortorella. If Tampa overreacts this offseason, they could be headed for a similar fate.
That having been said, it clear something is up in Tampa after watching them pull off arguably the worst choke job in Stanley Cup Playoff history. What changes would you make to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization this offseason to insure they don’t suffer a similar fate next season?
Last week I asked:
Are you satisfied with the current Draft Lottery system? If not, what changes would you make?
I don’t feel sorry for the Avalanche right now. They are in the playoffs right now. Even getting the 4th overall pick is awesome for them, considering it was Ottawa’s pick.
They should have the draft lottery, but limit how many places they can move up in the draft. IE limit it to moving up 4 spots. Teams on the playoff bubble, shouldn’t be able to win top pick. It’s too unfair for the teams rebuilding to be beat out by a team who missed the playoffs by a couple of points. Let a team like Chicago move up 4 spots instead of 8-10 spots. The other change I would make is that if a team wins the draft lottery in a previous year, that they automatically drop a spot in the following year before the lottery. IE if you win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd over all, then the team finishes in the 6th worst spot the following year, then they should automatically drop to 7th spot, and get the 7th spot odds for winning the lottery. I’m tired of Buffalo, New Jersey, and Edmonton always getting the best draft picks year in and year out.
The concept of the draft ie an attempt for teams throughout the league to rebuild and compete is IMO a good one. I’m looking at it from a fan perspective. Amateur hockeey players are not forced to join the NHL, it’s their choice. They know in advance the system that is offered to them prior to their commitment. Indeed a lot of youngsters are choosing education rather than the CHL. Good for them it’s their choice. But how the draft works now compared with the original concept is way to far apart, IMO. Teams that did better in the league play are being rewarded over those that were far worse, Chicago who ended the season at the # 20th spot ends up getting the 3rd O/A pick. To me that’s undefensible. I’m not sure how much actual tanking has gone on in the past but nothing justifies the Chicago leap up the draft order. If a lottery is needed ( ? ) then the odds of success must be changed. I hope it’s just a consequence that major US TV markets seem to be favoured in the lottery but it’s not a good look for the NHL. What do they say if it quacks and waddles when it walks chances are it’s a duck … if major TV markets are the beneficiary of the lottery that maybe it is rigged. Those benefitting from a 1st round pick due to the lottery are automatically excluded from the top 3 spots for the next 3 years. The teams ending the season should at least hold a combined 50% chance of success however you split it.