I just discovered this community and this looks amazing. This is what NHL needs. Since Im a "newbie" here and I dont know this community well enough, maybe someone could shed some light on why not have:
ECL based on relegation? You know for example lets just call it ECLM (European Championship League Minors). Then at the end of the season lets say the worst ECL team plays the best ECLM team. Winner go to ECL and loser to ECLM. All the new teams should start their way up from the ECLM. Also in case there are some big clubs out there they could have a second/affiliate/development team playing in the "minors".