All this Shoot Out bashing and soccer-talk got me thinking. If you want to eliminate the SO, what are you going to replace it with?
Why do you need to replace it? The whole reason any of this shoot-out or overtime 4-on-4 junk was brought in to reduce teams trapping to play for a tie and get one point. With the new rules to help offence and prevent a chocking defensive trap system theres no reason to keep any of those gimmicks. Either play to a win (not going to happen) or just go back to the 5min 5-on-5 overtime period, 2pts for a win, no points for a loss. It worked fine in the 80's and since so far we have seen a resurgence in goal scoring and offensive play, it seems like the proper model for the NHL to follow.