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In Topic: Changes to the draft lottery

21 August 2014 - 02:11 PM

According to this, finishing last gave you a 48.2 percent chance of picking first, at least in 2011. 




I don't have a huge problem with that much of a chance for the number 1 pick, since it's a guarantee that a good team that happened to have a bad year will under no circumstances land someone like a McDavid or even an Eichel. 

Doh, apologies you are  correct on the total percent.

Still, wrt to the "good team/bad year landing a super star" concern, I would rather there be a random chance of that occurring (even if it's more likely, it's harder for a team to shoot for it), then a pretty heavy mathematical advantage to tanking. In the old and current system you are still guaranteed to finish no worse then second. I say re-seed all non playoff teams with those new tables for the first round, but this change is pretty good too.

In Topic: Changes to the draft lottery

21 August 2014 - 08:50 AM

Love this change, didn't even know it's on their radar. I've always hated how you could secure yourself a better draft position by losing, it presents teams with a potential conflict of interest. This is a pretty good compromise between helping the teams who need it the most and just doing a complete random draft for the 14 teams on the outside.

I liked the old system, where the best you could do was move up four spots.

You liked the system where finishing last netted you a 75% to retain the number 1 pick?

In Topic: Martin Havlat 1 year 1.5 million

01 July 2014 - 01:12 PM

Isn't he best friends with Elias too? Or is that Broduer?


In Topic: Devils buy out Volchenkov

01 July 2014 - 09:43 AM

Kovalchuk's retirement was in the offing before that, it's just that that is when he formally retired.  The news about Barroway was announced on June 29th.  Remember that he loaned money to the Devils so that they could make payroll - Vanderbeek was not going to last much longer as team owner either way, either the league would take over the franchise or it would be sold.

Reports around that time had linked Barroway as the new owner, of course ultimately he was not. I find it hard to believe that the guy who didn't own the team, was able to authorize Lou to spend to the cap.


This obnoxious link shows that there are zero mentions of Harris as a potential owner for the Devils before July 11th. Sure there is stuff we don't see behind the scenes but that is all heresay and speculation. Sticking to just what we actually observe, the Devils have been fiscally competitive for the last dozen + years.


In Topic: Devils buy out Volchenkov

01 July 2014 - 09:11 AM

The Devils were still owned by Vanderbeek during the compliance buyout period last year.  They spent the money on Ruutu and Brunner after ownership was decided, and I believe they signed Zidlicky and Jagr after it became clear there were interested buyers.

Brunner Sep 24th


The sale was formally announced on August 15, 2013


Jagr Jul 23rd
Zidlicky Jul 10th
Ryder Jul 5th
Clowe Jul 5th
Olez Jul 5th

I see you left yourself some hedge room with "after it became clear..." but it's nonsense. We signed 4 players, 3 of them to medium + sized contracts in the opening days of free agency (which started july 5th that year for those who may have forgotten)

And while I am too lazy to actually double check this, as of July 11th we are probably already over the cap, it's not until Kovy retires that we actually can spend any more, which is where the money to sign Jagr and Brunner comes from, not new ownership.

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