my two cents:
1) we should scrap the crosby bonus for sure. the way i've won my cups and PTs are by losing for three seasons, picking up three very high draft picks with the bonuses, and the third being a crosby bonus. by the fourth season, i have three top flight rookies to go with the veterans leftover from my last run and some middle guys in the meantime. there's already bonuses for the bottom six, i think the crosby bonus is unecessary and too much incentive to tank in that third season.
2) if we aren't going to get rid of the B6 bonuses, i think we should cut them in half. it would still give a little boost to the teams that finish at the bottom, and added to their chance at getting one of the top draft picks, it would still help them turn the team around. but it would also make it harder for those players to hit a hundred across the board. i'd rather see a lot less maxed out players than we have now. i think this would help with the issue of no upsets as well. the longer it takes players to max out, the more likely the top teams are of icing medium stars. thus more chances of a lower seed upsetting. i wouldn't mind even seeing the draft dialed down a little. the only problem being that lower ratings means lower stamina, which means more injuries. but personally i'd rather only see the FP players hitting the maxed out stats, rather than six to eight on one team going for a cup run with the rest of the team at 80+ stats. :>
i don't mind the idea of a second franchise player. or maybe not a second franchise player, but the ability to play one player for a seventh year, in addition to the FP. so you could have two $796K players on your roster, but never two that are both more than $796K. if that makes sense. lol. :>