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Slate's Nate DiMeo has a good article in Slate about how to make the NHL more interesting. I think this would be great. Winning the Stanley Cup is an unrealistic expectation for 20 of 30 teams in the NHL right now; I think there should be more incentives to keep teams innovating and making the on-field product better. Sure, there is the glory of making the playoffs despite long odds, but at best you are going to get 5 or 6 more home games, and two weeks' worth of excitement; a far more likely scenario is being out of the playoffs by mid-season. I add potential rules changes to the drive to save the NHL - change the ice to fit international standards (wider and longer).