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In Red Wings Land

No Favors For Red Wings In NHL Draft Lottery - 97.1 the Ticket

Detroit will have an 18.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick when the lottery is held June 26. It can slide as far as fourth. That’s what the team envisioned when it clinched last place in the league back in March.

But it’s not what the Wings were hoping for when the idea for a new lottery surfaced earlier this month. That proposal, included in a league-wide memo, guaranteed the last-place team a top-two pick and gave it a 57 percent chance of picking first.

In case you were under a rock yesterday or something.

Around the NHL

The NHL’s protocol for phase 2 of return-to-play is very bad - RMNB

I’m not going to blockquote an excerpt from this one because I want to highlight the entire piece and how completely it illustrates the recklessness on display from the league as it puts in place a protocol that very much seems designed to create the maximum pressure for them to earn money with the minimum possible exposure to liability.