Their Fate Rests in Their Hands

Ian Gooding

2015-03-08

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What can be done to keep teams from tanking, both in real hockey and fantasy hockey?

Mark March 26 and 30 on your calendars. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News suggests in his piece, titled "Tank convoy rolling in Arizona as Yandle dealt to Rangers", that the NHL will be watching these games closely as they could determine who ends up dead last in the NHL this year.

Buffalo has six of its remaining games against other tanking teams. Columbus has five. Edmonton, Carolina and Toronto have four each. Arizona only has two, which are the ones against Buffalo.

There are always whispers in any season about tanking when a team does not do very well. It could be at the start, in the middle or now as the end nears. Tanking involves improving one's chances to secure the first overall pick in the entry draft.

Oh the horror! Tanking is irreprehensible. No respectable player, coach, management team would ever purposely do such a thing.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com quotes Josh Gorges in his "Tanking or trying? Sabres answer" article as saying "losing on purpose to get the high draft pick, it’s ridiculous. Never in my life have I heard about losing on purpose. Never. That’s one of the most asinine things I’ve ever heard of in my life. People can have their opinions, that’s one of the great things of pro sports is talking about all kinds of things, that’s the world we live in, but it’s our job as players in here to ignore it."

In another article by Harrington called "New goaltender Johnson calls TSN tanking interview 'disrespectful'" he quotes Chad Johnson as saying "If you don’t play to win, then you shouldn’t be playing. That’s my mindset. I want to come in here and compete. Play as many games as I can and win as many games as I can.”

"Players are paid to win, coaches are paid to