There are no logistics - the AHL is already a second tier league, it would take a Cinderella miracle on ice for an AHL team to beat the worst NHL team in a relegation tournament.Doyle Hargraves wrote: ↑Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:40 amGot nothing to do with that. It just isn’t feasible here. There’s no 2nd division, the AHL is a feeder league. The logistics of setting up something like English Premier League here would be staggering. It will never happen..Per wrote: ↑Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:51 pmGuess you love to watch teams tank on purpose.Doyle Hargraves wrote: ↑Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:16 pmKeep that shit in Europe.Per wrote: ↑Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:40 pmI also like the system where the team finishing last gets demoted and replaced with a team from the second tier.
That way you eliminate the possibility of tanking on purpose. Being demoted is hell. Takes away most of the teams revenue, so nobody wants to end up last, and the teams at the bottom of the standings are fighting for their lives.
The relegation tournament's purpose isn't to have a realistic shot for the Calder Cup winner to advance to the NHL, it's to discourage teams from tanking.
Maybe, in five years, KC and Quebec get ahl teams with rich owners who invest in trying to earn promotion, but that's the kind of long-term thinking that the NHL, as a rule, doesn't do.
The real issue is the greed barrier - owners won't open up their clubs to new owners who buy their way in by paying players and creating a competitive team, rather than paying the governors hundreds of millions of dollars.