Listening to the opinions of fellow sharks, I have come up with the most reasonable solution for the NHL. Contraction. If teams cannot improve their fan base within 3 to 5 years, then they need to be removed from the NHL.
Teams that are on the list include:
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
What could be done is have the Hurricanes move back to Hartford to become the Whalers, have Tampa Bay or San Jose move to Quebec to become the Nordiques, and take the other four remaining teams and throw them into FA/Waivers. The market for hockey teams in warm-weather states is slim to none. Florida is all about baseball, basketball, and football. The Carolinas are about college sports. The US West Coast is all about college football, baseball, and basketball.
You're allowed to sweat, bleed, cry, and even loose bodily functions...but you are NEVER ALLOWED TO QUIT!