April 13, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) defends the goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Rat Trick Links: J.S. Giguere, Lightning, NHL Draft Lottery

J.S. Giguere announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. During his 16 year career he managed to win 262 games, a Stanley Cup, and a Conn Smythe Trophy.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the featured team in today’s 30in30 piece on NHL.com. Could the big moves the Lightning made propel them deep into the playoffs this coming season?

In an attempt to make teams think twice about tanking, the NHL has decided to tweak the NHL Draft Lottery. The NHL decided to lower the percentage of winning the first pick. For example, the worst team in the league now has a 20% chance of winning the first pick which is down from last years 25%. Personally, I don’t think it will make teams not tank.

Speaking of the NHL Draft, next years projected top pick Connor McDavid is getting ready to start his season for the Erie Otters. Here’s what he had to say about teams tanking to get him:

“It’s pretty crazy, I don’t think too many teams are throwing seasons. I don’t think that’s how hockey works. I don’t think that’s how anyone who plays hockey thinks. Owners, GMs, coaches, players, no one just throws games away. That’s not how it works. Maybe it’s just a bit of a coincidence, I guess, but we’ll see how it goes.” -Connor McDavid

What do you think about “tanking” in the NHL or sports in general? Is there any way to stop it? Are you ok with it? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

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