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REPORT: NHL TEAM PROPOSED DRAFT LOTTERY TOURNAMENT TO LEAGUE

TIM TUCKER
MARCH 25, 2020  ·  20H26
With the NHL previously saying all options are on the table for if and when the season resumes, it appears some creativity is starting to emerge. According to a report by Craig Custance of The Athletic, one team submitted a proposal that would include a draft lottery tournament to decide who gets the first overall pick.

"Without knowing the exact details of the proposal, there would have to be some assurances for the teams at the bottom of the standings that their odds of winning a lottery tournament resemble their odds of winning the lottery drawing now," Custance wrote.

"That would mean home games for Ottawa and Detroit, with a fairly easy path to the championship. And likewise, a bubble team would have to go on an all-time run of games to win the lottery."

While it could create some excitement for fans, it's hard to believe the league and teams such as Ottawa and Detroit would be okay with this. That said, it would be a way for teams outside of the playoff picture, should we get them for the 2019-20 season, to participate in some way and recoup lost revenue after so many missed games.



"Radical times call for radical measures," one NHL source told Custance.

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