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NHL deputy commissioner of the Bill Daly prepares to announce the top pick in the NHL hockey draft to the Edmonton Oilers, during the draft lottery in Toronto on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

NHL board of governors approves lottery changes

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun is reporting that NHL has approved changes to its lottery system for 2015. The changes, which have to be approved by the NHL Players' Association, include a "compression of the odds" among the 14 non-playoff teams.

ESPN.com's Katie Strang wrote:

Tim Murray, whose team has three first-rounders in 2015, is among those executives who can't be happy with the development.

Murray told reporters earlier this month at the meeting of the general managers that he did not anticipate any changes happening soon. In fact, he suggested that it shouldn't be enacted any sooner than five years out, "so you don't know who's getting punished."

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06/27/2014 6:15AM
NHL board of governors approves lottery changes
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06/27/2014 7:00AM
So what?
Doesn't change Murray's plan, we will still suck and we will still be last in the league and we will get a top 2 pick in the 2015 Draft, maybe both with the Isles pick, they won't be better than a 10th place finish at best, at worst, we are the 30th and 29th overall and draft both Eichel and McDavid. 2016 rule changes wont matter after that lol
06/27/2014 7:48AM
The NHL finally institutes
the Toronto picks first system that theyve always wanted.
06/27/2014 7:59AM
I see what Murray is saying because it seems to make sense, and as someone who thinks this team is going to be horrible next season I'm not happy about this decision. I understand the need to stop "tanking" but someone has to finish last every year, there are bad teams in the league , so why does finishing last have to be a tank? This is not a "woe is me", "buffalo cant catch a break" post, the NHL is literally picking the year that the Sabres are clearly going to be bad and have the most to gain because of their amount of picks to enact changes (not because there is some agenda against them). I guess its just bad luck but it really sucks.
06/27/2014 8:51AM
Tooooooo bad Murray. This is about getting rid of tanking games. Start spending that 38 million in cap space and get good players and shoot for the playoffs. To Jeremy: HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! This quieted you down....Idiot. I pay good money for 4 season tickets and don't want to watch another season of a Joke. It's about time the NHL is going to do something about tanking. It's not fair to the fans. I love it.
06/27/2014 9:05AM
Next week they will review the No Goal film
If it's not broken, why fix it? Where was the board of governors during the Sabre's epic runs to 9th place? This smacks of sour grapes by franchises envious of the remaining assists due the Sabre's. Want a shot at the first pick overall? Sell off your best players. Sit through AHL games at NHL prices. Finally, tell your loyal fan base there is no quick fix for the past three years ........ this is how it's done.
06/27/2014 9:06AM
We should protest @ FNC or Larkin Square!
Total BS! We have given up a lot of good players to get to this point and now they want to change the rules in the middle of the game. Let's pick a day/time and location and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. At least make the change in 3 years so teams can prepare for it...
06/27/2014 9:06AM
if true its wrong
I don't mind the changes, as they are needed, but to give teams like Buffalo no window of time for re-assessing needs in this year's draft - it strikes an unfair blow.
06/27/2014 10:21AM
So get MORE first round picks next year.
Trade a bunch of seconds and get Pittsburgh's or Montreal's first next year. Even better, wait until AFTER the lottery next year and then trade whatever you have to just to get the first and second next year!
06/27/2014 10:21AM
America Hates Buffalo
I think it is time that Buffalo thinks about seceding from the good ole U.S. of A. and become a member of Ontario, Canada. At least they will be so grateful to have us that we will never get shafted by any league or country again, they will never forgetabout us like the rest of the country already has.
06/27/2014 10:25AM
Location, location, location........
.....and the Sabres are being punished for it. The NHL has long wanted to put a franchise in the Hamilton area. Buffalo would claim territorial rights thus blocking it from ever happening. The NHL and Ontario would reap huge money with another Canadian franchise in heavily populated southern Ontario. Plus Bettman still holds a grudge against Buffalo when Ruff showed him up on the ice with the Hull foot in the crease photo during his cup presentation to Dallas.
06/27/2014 10:46AM
this is so typical nhl
then they wonder why buffalo fans b****.the timing sucks.pittsburgh can go from having lemieux to crosby.buffalo sucks forever and finally hits rock bottom to rebuild and then this happens.i may sound whiney but come on.we are entitled to get championships at some point in our lives.and of course the rest of the league knows buffalo had the best odds going into next year with three draft picks.typical bettman.can we get someone who is fair
06/27/2014 11:01AM
Don't even begin to whine and complain
Yes the odds of the team with the worst record won't be as good as 25% anymore after this year..BUT if the Sabres finish again with the worst record (and why wouldn't they when you have Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford in prominent roles) they still will likely have the best odds individually of winning the lottery and if they don't win then NEXT YEAR they will still fall only one spot to # 2 and worst case scenario is the Sabres draft Jack Eichel who may actually be an even better player than Connor McDavid. If I have to take Jack Eichel then that would be awesome beyond belief. The top 5 picks being up for lottery doesn't happen until 2016 and that is what is most important. Who cares about 2016?? The draft class will most likely be a weaker one like this year's. 2015 is where it's at and the Sabres should get one of the two mega superstars in next year's draft. Please save the whining and complaining for something legitimate.
06/27/2014 11:16AM
Murphy's Law strikes again
Seems to always happen in Buffalo
06/27/2014 12:22PM
NHL Board of Governor's
have decided it's in the league's best long term interest that McDavid, Eichel, Barzal, Hanifin and White go to struggling franchise's like Phoenix, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, or Toronto. The very idea of s single franchise receiving the bulk of this talent is counterproductive to the greater good. Sorry Sabre's fans, I am sure you understand ........... remember how No Goal worked out so well for league interests in Dallas?
06/27/2014 1:00PM
This article doesn't tell me anything!
06/27/2014 2:22PM
This really sux....
for the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes. When will the Sabres ever catch a break?
06/27/2014 2:53PM
Fast Fact
Want to tank...you should pay the price. There goes Hamilton again talking keeping our #1pick in Juniors again on the radio. He'd probably say the same thing if the Sabres get McDavid in next years draft. What a doopa yash! He's becoming unlistenable like the two morons from 10-12. Simply arrogant and always things you don't want to hear as a fan.
06/27/2014 2:58PM
When you stop talking about Hull's goal
we'll let you have a shot at the #1 pick. Thanks, signed -NHL board of governors
06/27/2014 4:48PM
Sabres miss the boat from my Armchair
Kesler traded for pucks while we still have a Joke. There was a good center the Sabres could have had. For pucks yet. Murray says we're not tanking. I agree. You can't tank when you're a Joke to begin with. The NHL should look into that. Ihope the Sabres don't get on National TV this season. Avoid the embarrassment. What a Joke!
06/27/2014 6:34PM
No reward for tanking
There should be no reward of any kind for tanking. A team that finishes last should draft last. The other non playoff teams should all be in a weighted lottery. The NHL must eliminate all incentives for losing on purpose.....period.
06/28/2014 8:36AM
Re: This really sux....
06/29/2014 6:44AM
Is everybody on here clueless???
It has no effect on us, the Islanders will not be a good team for one which will increase our chances, BYI might even win the Lottery and we finish last and get both top 2 picks lol, for 2 if we finish dead last again, we can still only drop one spot meaning we are still guaranteed a top 2 pick, still can get McDavid and/or Jack Eichel, no worries, finish last and Isles stay in the top 5-10 range, we will have the best chances of winnign the lottery. The big change of the rules that would have messed us up, doesn't happen til 2016 and we wont care then lol. Some fans just don't read. SMH
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