Everyone scores a goal. Regulation ends up tied 20-20. Kenny gets on the phone and makes a trade. As the shootout goes into the 103,257th round, Andersson is informed that he's been traded for five minutes and Monahan -a Wing for five minutes- takes the ice. Monahan scores the winning goal because that's what he does in the shootout.
The Wings finally win. Having taken notes, they now know how to win in a shootout. They win the rest of their games from here until the end of the season, always in a shootout. When the playoffs come, they sweep their way to the cup by just having everyone shoot at least once in the first overtime.
The NHL finally realizes just how stupid the shootout is and they amend the loser point format.
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How about five minutes of 4-4, followed by five minutes of 3-3, and if it's still tied, each team gets one point?
Then have a shootout which wouldn't be worth any points, but the teams with the best shootout % get the first draft picks instead of using a lottery system. (All other teams that wouldn't be considered for lottery go in the order that they would go in anyway, so it would only count for bottom teams.)
No three-point games. Shootout fans get to see a shootout. Side bets can be settled with the shootout results, so there's always a winner and loser in case you and your buddy are deciding who has to buy beer for the next game, or something important like that. People who don't like shootouts can just shut off the tv after the tie is over.
Maybe, just to make sure that both teams put the effort into it, they can make a rule that the losing team has to buy the winning team cookies. Or something.
What upsets me is some of the posts on here that basically criticize Franzen's inability to deal with anxiety.
Whatever is wrong with him I hope he's better soon and as far as mental health issues with athletes, I hope some people grow up and respect that a mental health problem isn't something to mock.
When it was "the speculation", that worried me too. People don't realize how bad those sort of problems can be. It's not like you want it to happen, or like you can stop it from happening. Coping mechanisms can help, but they're not a cure-all, nor do they help all the time.
Fortunately, the last word from Franzen (in one of the links above) was that it was not a mental issue and is not anxiety-related. I'm very glad for him that it's not. Sometimes the "invisible" problems are harder to treat than the ones that show up on an MRI.
In the mean time, it is a weird thing that he is saying he'll tell people later, but then doesn't. It does make me wonder, especially when no one seems to know that it is that is his problem. When Lidstrom got speared in the huevos, they did try to make the explanation subtle, but word got out really quickly.
Ken briefly alluded to effects of medications for his upper body injury. Maybe he had the poops. I sure would leave a game and not come back, miss a flight, and take time off if that was my problem. I also wouldn't want to talk about it to the media.