How about a first and second division? Like Soccer in the UK? You can have your NHL "A" league (the rich teams can spend and keep all the players hap, hap, happy!), and an NHL "B" league that seeds a couple of teams into the playoffs and the top of the "B" league at the end of each season also steps into the "A" league for what? A season or two or longer should they win enough games. "A" leaguers will also drop the bottom two teams of their league into B league... you know, switch em up. This still gives the top B teams a chance at the Stanley Cup with a more budget conscious, but harder working roster. heh... Prove those "richies" aren't worth their gold. Of course this will still leave the richer teams able to fleese the "B" league, but at least Tom and Wild and Gibby will be happy. What think you?