i dont think you can make ppl happy. you remove flash, thats fine, but ppl will complain about champs that have flash like abilities, like kassadin, katarina, shaco, etc.
im perfectly fine with the way flash is now. its usefulness is balanced by the long cooldown. i play without it just as much as i play with it, so removing it or changing doesnt really bother me. it just make me change the way i play. with it i can be more agressive, especially on a squishy character. you guys call it "bad positioning", i call it being agressive because i know i can get out if i need to. on higher hp or ganking characters, i dont take it. i think exhaust is more useful.
my only real concern about changing it with the proposed dash ability, is that it will more or less make ghost pointless to take. even if its better in certain situations, so was flash, so now we are back to why remove it in the first place.