So let's say the NHL season is done, in 2006 following the last lockout, a court settlement gave the two trustees of the Stanley Cup the authority to award the Stanley Cup to a team not in the NHL, finding that the NHL's monopoly of the cup defied the original intentions of Lord Stanley of Preston when he donated the Cup to the Dominion of Canada. The trustees at the time said they would not wish to demean the Cup and should such a situation arise again they would ensure that any who would play for the trophy would be of the highest level available.
So my question is, what would that look like? Who would play for it in a year without an NHL? My personal idea is that the Cup was originally an amateur trophy and that it could return to those roots. What if you took the best four amateur teams in NA, say the Memorial Cup Champs, Frozen Four winner, CIAU champs and Allan Cup champs and had them play for it? Be one heck of a tourny.
Any other ideas? Do some of you feel it shouldn't be played for at all if there's no NHL?