To put it bluntly, the NHL offseason is like watching paint dry compared to the NBA. A typical NBA offseason is filled with ample drama, intrigue, unpredictability, and trades involving multiple star players. The NHL rarely has any of those.
For instance, James Harden reportedly just turned down a $50 million per year offer from the Houston Rockets because he wants his team to trade him to the Brooklyn Nets. The NHL equivalent would hypothetically be someone like Jack Eichel demanding a trade to a loaded squad like the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning. That would be crazy.
A lot more goes into it, of course. The NBA is a star-driven league - two or three elite players can team up and almost immediately be legitimate contenders. Hockey is not the same. Despite Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl's performances last season, hockey superstars don't have the same team-carrying impact they do in basketball. Hockey is much more of a full team effort.
However, there are still a few ways the NHL could go about spicing up its offseason. We know the chances of these proposed changes coming to fruition is next to none - especially since the league just signed a six-year CBA extension in July - but this exercise is strictly for fun.
Even if these changes were made, the NHL offseason matching the NBA offseason's insanity would still be far from a guarantee - but it would be a step in the right direction.
Below, we highlight five changes that would make the NHL offseason more exciting.