So Larry Brooks says the NHL lottery system encourages teams to tank.
I get why Brooks is frustrated, but there just doesn’t seem much anyone can do. Once a team, a team in any sport, knows it’s not going to the post-season, players are going to give up. GMs are going to look ahead and shut players down. The fact of the matter is, one of the few perks of being a truly awful team is that you can stop trying.
Brooks wants that mentality out of hockey, but unless you invite all 30 teams to the playoffs, once a team is out of the post-season, it’s not going to compete anymore. Why risk injuring a worn-down player when it’s all but given a win won’t make a difference?
And speaking of surrendering, the Wild finally got Marian Gaborik back, and pretty much immediately lost Mikko Koivu. Koivu has a knee injury and Michael Russo speculates it might be serious.