The way I view this situation is, the obvious problem is ZHL talent from an eliminated team (Braxis) is pooled onto a single team (Char). At the root of all of this, that is the main disagreement because it ruins the balance of the league.l)arkangel wrote:Teams can still play for dignity , probe. Prohibiting them from any trades at all is unreasonable.
It works for Braxis because
1. They're already eliminated
2. Their ZHL players are ineligible and useless for Probe League
3. They get an improved Probe team
4. It gives their solid ZHL players a chance to win the cup still
It works for Char because
1. They don't care about Probe league
2. They get an important 3rd man addition that they missed out on during the FA draft
3. They get a West starting goalie
For those reasons it's obvious Navy and TK can't be blamed. They did what was best for them in this situation. Did they exploit the lack of regulation in rules? Perhaps, but it wasn't in the rules yet.
If we get past that they aren't cheaters then we can look at how to improve the league in the future. In my mind I see a few different solutions.
Bring back the Points system. In ZHL season 1 (the only other full season of ZH I've participated in) players were assigned a skill level rating during the entry draft, and through free agency. For example a first round player was worth 6 stars or something. A team could only total like 20 stars so it would be impossible to field a team that had 4, 1st round (6 star) level players.
This works because it creates a balance across the teams in the league. It also fits really well with all the artwork we've been seeing on the forums of player ratings. Although it's kind of subjective. If this was implemented there would be no way the Char Meleons could field a team of TK, Crush, Tom, Zach, LK, & co. they would have too many 1st and 2nd rounders.
This one is the most obvious, move the trade deadline earlier. This way every team is still capable of making it to the playoffs. It would discourage team burning (like what Navy is doing) and would make the trades more impactful.
And my final solution (hah a hitler joke) is to make the trade deadline BEFORE the FA draft. This gives teams low in the standings another bargaining chip. Since teams and owners don't carry over to the next season, besides their starting roster an owner doesn't have much to play with in terms of trades. But if the FA draft spots could be traded in exchange for other spots or players, we might see more activity and options available.
You can't stop stupid trades. In season 1 Wildifre gave up Rasputin for nothing. And TK was traded to Maharishi, Vapour and Peter D'Lai when all they needed was a goalie. But I don't think Navy had the intention of fucking up the balance of the league by giving the middle of the pack Char team 2 of his starters. I think using any or all of those 3 suggestions might help it, and I'm all ears to hear other suggestions or critiques.
TK and Provy aren't bad guys. The trade isn't against the rules but is an obvious exploit. Bringing back the point system, moving up the trade deadline, and being able to trade FA draft picks might make this never happen again.