Perhaps they should have compliance buyouts every year. Perhaps the NHL and NHLPA could re-open the deal they just signed and make it so.
Why? Two reasons. First, it's really a giggle to watch GMs have to essentially admit to the spectacular mistakes of their organization.
And then go out and make new ones.
Second, it does seem to have put a jolt into this off-season, combining with the short season and a dropping salary cap to create an unusually agitated dynamic.
Indeed, we even actually got a good old-fashioned, multi-player hockey trade on Thursday, something that's become as rare as the L.A. Kings scoring more than two goals in a game.
Dallas gave up Loui Eriksson, defence prospect Joe Morrow (acquired from Pittsburgh for Brenden Morrow at the trade deadline) and two minor leaguers to get Tyler Seguin from the Bruins along with Rich Peverly and a minor-leaguer.
This is one of those deals you can chew on for a while. In fact, it even allows obsessed Leaf fans to chew some more on the Phil Kessel deal, given that Seguin was such a key piece of that swap.
At first blush, I'd say Eriksson is a really underrated player and the Boston end of the deal looks really sweet.
Beyond that, boy, did the Bruins fall out of love with Seguin fast.
Last fall he was their golden boy, their future franchise player, and the club lavished a six-year, $34 million contract extension upon him.
A half-season and a playoff run to the Stanley Cup final later, he's been sent packing amidst a variety of unflattering comments about his committment to the game and lifestyle.
Seems to be always the way with Bruins players, kicked in the butt as they head out of town. 'Twas the same with Joe Thornton. Ditto for Kessel.
New Dallas GM Jim Nill has a new young talent to rebuild that team around as it strives to be relevant in that market once more. He just got the job, and his chutzpah in doing a big trade just days after signing a big-name head coach in Lindy Ruff is admirable.
Seguin, meanwhile, is the latest NHLer to find the team that seemed to make a long-term committment to him wasn't that committed at all, joining the likes of Vinny Lecavalier, Mikhail Grabovski, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and others.
Kris Letang just agreed to a new eight-year deal with the Penguins, and Claude Giroux is about to do an eight-year contract with the Flyers.
The chances of those players remaining with those teams for the life of those contracts? Not high, based on what we've seen over the past few years.
These days, a long-term NHL contract neither means a player will get paid all the money or stay with the same team.
Seguin just found that out at age 21.