Give all the players UFA status, then install a minimum team salary of 25 million dollars. A team is allowed to spend as much as they want, but for every million that they spend above 25 they start the season down a point. So if Detroit spends 45 million and wins 50 games they end up with 100 pts minus 20 for an 80 point season. Then if Nashville only spends 25 million they only need 40 wins and a tie to beat Detroit in the standings. O.K this was just a joke I want to see the best teams in the playoffs, but at least its creative.