So every time we go into the shootout, I hear people complaining about it as a "gimmick," yet across the league it is one of the most popular products of the lockout. I'm sort of curious what everybody's true feelings are on the shootout.
My opinion is that it was a very good addition to the game. Everyone always loved penalty shots, and international play always had shootouts, so the interest was definitely there. It also provides some resolution to hockey games. There was nothing more unsatisfying than watching a tie. Somehow it felt like you wasted your time. Now, there's definitely a winner. Perhaps the number of shooters should be adjusted, or the points awarded (although 3 point games were a product of the OT loss, not the shootouts), but I have no problem with it the way it stands.