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NHL hopes to expand draft lottery to all non-playoff teams

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09:27 AM ET 12.29 | More teams could get a chance at the annual NHL Entry Draft's top pick under the league's latest CBA proposal. The NHL has proposed adopting a draft lottery in which "all non-Playoff teams compete for the opportunity to choose first overall." The bottom four teams (26th through 30th place) are eligible for the first overall draft pick under the league's current format.

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December 29, 2012  09:31 AM ET

NHL hopes to expand draft lottery to all non-playoff teams

Now your rebuild strategy is really ****ed Burkie.

December 29, 2012  09:46 AM ET

I hope they sign Burkie to a 100 year contract. That's how much I like the Leafs!

December 29, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NHL hopes to expand draft lottery to all non-playoff teamsNow your rebuild strategy is really ****ed Burkie.

The lottery already robbed the Blackhawks of Malkin or Ovechkin by having the Caps jump both them and the Pens...would be interesting.

December 29, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NHL hopes to expand draft lottery to all non-playoff teams Now your rebuild strategy is really ****ed Burkie.

Crazy thing is .... that this change in strategy is really going to hurt the Boston Bruins, not the Leafs.

December 29, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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I hope they sign Burkie to a 100 year contract. That's how much I like the Leafs!

The Prince of Irkness agrees with you CI. See he's wearing his "Happy Face."

December 29, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Crazy thing is .... that this change in strategy is really going to hurt the Boston Bruins, not the Leafs.

LOL - Burkie's like a STD.....the gift that keeps on giving.

December 29, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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The Prince of Irkness agrees with you CI. See he's wearing his "Happy Face."

Gas?

December 29, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Keep it the way it is, by some coincidence a top team will get the best pick? Fugetaboutit.

December 29, 2012  10:28 AM ET

"NHL hopes to expand draft lottery to all non-playoff teams"

Darn! There go the Wings chances of ever getting that 1st overall pick!

December 29, 2012  10:54 AM ET

I could see adding a couple of the lower teams to the draft lottery, something like the bottom 6. But all non playoff teams? Bad idea IMO

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December 29, 2012  12:14 PM ET
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The Stanley Cup champs should get a high draft pick too...something like a #5 pick...gotta reward them for excelling.

Back in the day they used to...and I'm not just talking about Montreal having the rights to Quebec.

December 29, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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I could see adding a couple of the lower teams to the draft lottery, something like the bottom 6. But all non playoff teams? Bad idea IMO

depends what the odds are if they are like 1 in a 1000 for the top non-qualifier 1 in 750 etc yeah

December 29, 2012  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Stanley Cup champs should get a high draft pick too...something like a #5 pick...gotta reward them for excelling.

+1

December 29, 2012  01:25 PM ET
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Back in the day they used to...and I'm not just talking about Montreal having the rights to Quebec.

There were only 6 teams that's why

December 29, 2012  02:32 PM ET

they doemselves stanley cup champions get rewarded, they get to call th

December 29, 2012  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Stanley Cup champs should get a high draft pick too...something like a #5 pick...gotta reward them for excelling.

please ignore 16 it should say they do get rewarded they get to call themselves stanley cup champions.

This idea of expanding the lottery pool is just a gimmick from a group bereft of ideas. Do something to grab the sucker's .. er ... fan's attention and get them excited about the league again

December 29, 2012  02:51 PM ET
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There were only 6 teams that's why

Even if there were only six teams when Ovie and Malkin were drafted or Lafleur and Dionne, you can't say that wouldn't have made a huge difference to the teams that landed them going forward...

December 29, 2012  04:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I could see adding a couple of the lower teams to the draft lottery, something like the bottom 6. But all non playoff teams? Bad idea IMO

Totally agree.....really bad idea.

 
December 29, 2012  04:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I could see adding a couple of the lower teams to the draft lottery, something like the bottom 6. But all non playoff teams? Bad idea IMO

Just another thing to clog the works up with.......gee, we might just get an agreement soon, let's throw something controversial in for excitement.....idiots.

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