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  1. I still find it incredible that the rules get changed so much between the regular season and the playoffs. No other professional league does this, It favours the big, tough teams at the expense of the smaller skilled teams. That whole concept seems wrong to me. It appears Toronto's complaints to the league had some effect - Game 3 officiating was much more in their favour. It's pretty obvious that the officials are given directives by the league on how they should manage each game or series. Once again this concept seems wrong - should officials be instructed to ignore the rules? The answer is a good balance of skill/speed and size/toughness. We appear to have the skill/speed part but lack the size. It's Benning's job to find and/or develop those types of players and he has one more year on his contract left to achieve this.
  2. Bettman leaves himself wide open to criticism. I watched the draft lottery and an unknown man in a suit walked out of a room with a stack of 15 cards in a pre-determined order. We didn't get to see how the cards got into that order. Until the whole process of how the order is determined becomes public and transparent, I do not trust the system (e.g. I do not trust Bettman). And the winners are:....... 3 large American markets. And Bettman wonders why we boo him. I am not saying the system is rigged. I am sure it is very honest and the accounting firm carefully scrutinizes the whole procedure. Why does it have to be done behind closed doors?????? The answer that's given is that it is a complicated and boring process that involves a lot of adjusting of ping pong balls and it's not suitable for a television audience with short attention spans. In the 21st century, why are they still using ping pong balls? I'm not a computer programmer but I can envision a program that would be easier by using a random number generator (RNG). If a team has an 18% chance of winning, it's assigned 180 numbers; if it has a 16.3% chance, 163 numbers, 8%, 80 number, 1% chance, 10 numbers ...etc. Add up all the numbers then use the RNG to pick one number and that is the 1st pick overall. That team's numbers are removed from the system and the RNG determines the 2nd pick. The process continues until the 15th pick. It's not that hard and it would only take a short time to do. And it could be done in front of everyone. I also believe the whole draft lottery system is unnecessary but that's a whole new topic.