Why is that bad? Catering to casual fans has already made the regular season a joke. Just wait until they add the shootout to the playoffs to cater to the "casual fans".
and most people hate ties, including the players.
That might be true, but then most people also hate losing. Doesn't mean we should get rid of losses. Although come to think of it, the NHL does give points to losers so in a sense they have gotten rid of losses. Everyone's a winner in the NHL!
I enjoy the Shootout, even though the Flyers are absolutely miserable at them. I would however like to see a longer OT period. 5 mins is just such a short period of time, and I think it would be much more interesting if it were 10-15 mins.