It came down to the final shifts of the NHL season before GM Ryan could
celebrate having a playoff team in Boston. GM Andrew ended with
the odd team out in Chicago where Getzlaf just needed one more point but
could not get the third point he needed. Ironically GM's Andrew
and Scott's big deal or Getzlaf and Toews, cost both teams their playoff
chances in the end. The South Division ended with 5th place only
two points behind second in a Division from early on with strong teams
in both New Orleans (Shawn) and Buffalo (Joel) who somehow missed
matching up in Round One of the NHLP playoffs.
The Memphis Machine (Jr) officially won the NHLP's Atlantic Division
when Hamilton (Tyson) suffered a penalty and went from first to 5th.
GM Tyson will miss the playoffs completely on all three teams, clearly
his worst season in his first 5 as a GM where he started with 2
Championships in his first three seasons. Memphis limped into
the NHLP Trading Deadline on the outs, with not much hope. GM Jr
played his only hand that day, stocking up on Ottawa Senators in a move
that totally changed his season. Scoring an insane 39 points in
April as compared with teams that choked down the stretch like Chicago
(Andrew) with 7 and Philadelphia (Scott) with 10. Memphis looks
unstoppable, as does the other GM who loaded up on Sens that day and
also won their Division and finished strong with 32 points in April, GM
Ryan on the Island. Those teams are now a force and the Sens are
looking like every bit the favorites to knock out the Canadiens in what
should be a fierce opening round.
GM Chad was in a foul mood after the games ended and one of the very
best NHLP teams ended in 5th and won't be in the dance. Colorado
with two Blues, two Bolts and two Preds may have helped the eventual
NHLP winner simply by not making the playoffs. This team would
have round in the playoffs and not been a team any other would have
wanted to match up against. Chad still has solid teams in
Pittsburgh and Toronto but maybe his best team of them three is nothing
but a "What could have been."
GM Charlie Hopes For Bolts vs. Hawks
With Stamkos leading the way GM Charlie has one shot of ending the
longest NHLP Cupless streak, sitting at 15 years heading into the
playoffs. With Stamkos and Stralman at the helm in Phoenix
supported by Richards and Seabrook, it would appear the GM has a good
shot at distance players if he can get enough scoring to win early on.
Phoenix will play Seattle (Shawn), the two lower scoring point per game
teams in the Pacific while the higher of the 4, Los Angeles (Andrew) and
Vancouver (Joel) do battle.
Reminder - Tie-Breaker Rules
Season Ties to be Broken as Follows:
1) Most Playoff players
of teams tied
Most goals from only
of teams tied
Most overall points on all
three teams of only playoff players
from GM's tied
NHLP Playoffs - Semi Finals & Finals Tie-Breakers
Team who has scored most
playoff points in first two (Semi Finals) or three rounds (Finals) picks
first and so forth.
If two teams are tied, the
team that scored the most points the previous round breaks that tie
If teams scored the same
every round, the NHLP season breaking tie-breakers kick in.
What's The * in the NHLP's Officepools Standings
If your team, a team behind or in front of you has an asterisks beside their
name, that means potentially they could still be facing penalties and could
penalty out. Of course with 10 games remaining, no team is really safe
yet, so our standard is as follows. If giving the 9th place team a win for
each game at hand, now then at even games, any team(s) within 4 points of then
falling out of the NHL playoffs would be considered a potential penalty, if you
have two of them. Of course having two on the same team is easy if you
have two Bruins, Kings, Flames, Senators and so one, but combinations can still
haunt you, like having one Bruin and one King.
Chad's Pens Are In
A lot of things were decided including all the NHL's Western Conference
playoff teams, as well as many NHLP teams. GM Chad is in in
Pittsburgh, even though well in 5th spot. One of the three teams
in front will face a certain penalty. If Boston stays out,
Hamilton (Tyson) is out. If it is Ottawa out, GM Jr goes out in
Memphis and if Pittsburgh is the surprise out in the NHL's East, then it
will be Quebec (Matt) out.
Green Bay Loses Playoff Spot
Although if the Boston Bruins miss the NHL playoffs, two NHLP teams from
the West Division will suffer penalties, GM Ryan is the odd team out no
matter what. If the Bruins miss the Knights would have a 95 point
penalty while GM Vinnie would only suffer a 44 point drop and stay in
the NHLP Playoffs.
Dallas Huge Point Night
GM Jr was saying he had a little talk to the boys before last night.
"I told them it was now or never" said the GM. Well, the speech
worked as the Stars had a 7 point night, grabbing 2nd in the South, 2
points up on 5th place Chicago (Andrew). Outside of Pittsburgh
missing the NHL playoffs, which would put GM Joel out in Buffalo, all
teams will have 7 playoff players, leaving the tie-breaker then as most
goals from playoff players on the teams tied. Chicago (Andrew)
would lose a tie-breaker to everyone with just 92 goals, as Dallas and
Boston have 132 goals while Buffalo is at 128. The Hawks have two
injuries and the least number of player games left at only 7. All
indications are it could come down to just a couple points and GM Andrew
is looking a long-shot at best to grab a spot.
Halifax Has Life
GM Shawn shared GM Jr's excitement Thursday with a huge 6 point night in
Halifax, leaving the Destroyers just a point out of a playoff spot and
Lee and Comeau having an extra player game for the team Friday night.
GM Shawn is only one back of Philadelphia (Scott) and two back of
Montreal (Marcel) with the tie-breakers over both if the NHL Pens make
the playoffs. GM Scott admits he likely has better odds catching
Marcel then he does staying ahead of Shawn. Scott's Flyer are only
a point back of Montreal (Marcel) if the Pens miss the playoffs or two
back to make it otherwise. With Crosby having two games left for
GM Marcel, he must be confident, but that is offset with the injuries to
Pacioretty and Killorn who likely won't play Saturday. It would
seem GM Scott will have all his players playing, as every team still
have something to play for, so it is unlikely Toews or Keith rest.
There is little doubt that both Minnesota and Chicago would likely
prefer to play the Ducks and go through Calgary and Winnipeg, but there
is no certainty that finishing with the top wild card doesn't mean
playing St Louis, so they do likely have something to play for, even
though that can be argued. Their lineups will tell the story.
Kings No More?
Teams that can't beat the bad teams. Both the Sens and Kings left
points on the table against Toronto and Edmonton and those may just be
the reason neither team makes the playoffs. The Kings are really
in tough now. If the Flames grab just a single point versus Los
Angeles on Thursday, all Winnipeg would need is a single point in their
final two games. The Kings are in such bad shape, even completely
winning their final two games won't matter if Winnipeg beats Colorado
and then Calgary beat Winnipeg, in which case the Kings would still be
Cole To Miss Playoffs
GM Andrew has both NHLP players that are out for the playoffs, Garrison
and now Cole, having both in Chicago. Although Andrew is still up
4 points on Dallas (Jr), even making it in now will likely leave the
team weak enough to get beaten in round one. Of course Cole also
plays on potential first round matchup Buffalo (Joel) who is only two
points ahead of Andrew's Hawks.
Gamblers Gamble Could Still Payoff
No one figured GM Vinnie would likely make the playoffs in Atlantic City
if he kept Kane and even fewer thought Kane could be ready to open the
playoffs. With Kane taking full blown slap shots, the Gamblers are
a big night and little luck away from a playoff spot, even though in
last place. The Islanders (Ryan) are still out if Ottawa misses
and GM Scott would still be out in Philadelphia, if both Boston and
Winnipeg missed. That leaves the 5th place team in and right now
GM Vinnie is only 4 points back heading into tonight with Lucic, Kesler
and Fowler all playing. Shawn doesn't send out anyone in Halifax
tonight and does have Tarasenko as possibly missing the remaining games
for the Blues. Vinnie will be hoping for a big night from Lucic
and maybe he might actually have Kane back at some point making his
gamble make him look like a genius.
Wings - Pens - Bruins or Sens
One of which is out, but it would seem the Red Wings have the best shot.
No one figured the Pens would be a possible out and but with
Buffalo on Saturday's schedule you'd think they can get to 98 points,
meaning Ottawa would have to win both games versus the Rangers and
Flyers or the Pens would be safe. Boston has the Capitals on
Wednesday and with a loss puts themselves in very rough shape.
Every NHLP team has 14 to 15 player games remaining and all NHL teams
are down to one or two games after tonight.
Hamilton & Memphis - Both In?
We always assume a lot of shit. Sometimes we just get shit wrong.
Shit happens. Ask Forrest. It is looking very possible that
we had the Atlantic Division all wrong. We said all along, there
was no race. If Ottawa goes out, Memphis (Jr) goes out. If
Boston goes out, Hamilton (Tyson) goes out. But, we didn't expect
the "Streak ending". That is right, the longest consecutive sports
playoff streak in North America, owned by the Detroit Red Wings with 23
straight years in the playoffs is now seemingly not as in the bag as we
assumed. If Detroit misses, both Hamilton and Memphis are in while
Pittsburgh (Chad) would be out with Tatar and Kronwall. Can it
happen? Well, Detroit plays Minnesota and Washington this weekend,
followed by Carolina twice and Montreal. If Detroit loses to Minny
Saturday and Washington Sunday while Ottawa beats Washington and Toronto
this weekend, Detroit is actually out if Boston gets a single point
Saturday versus the Leafs. That would mean Detroit is chasing
those teams over the final 6 days and three games of the schedule.
On a side note to all this Detroit talk - Hamilton (Tyson) is not
automatically out anymore if just Boston goes out, as San Jose now is a
legitimate playoff team and it takes both San Jose and Boston before
Hamilton faces a penalty.
Tense Times in Chicago
There is now only one team in the South Division facing being eliminated
from the NHLP playoff via the penalty, and it isn't something GM Andrew
is use to. "We don't ever recall Andrew misses a team by a
penalty" said Muddy Capone, "It isn't something that really has ever
happened." Well of course it hasn't happened yet either, but with
Detroit flopping like a fish out of water and injuries to Getzlaf, Cole
and Garrison (out for the season), the mere 8 points over 5th might not
exist come Monday morning. Andrew has two players playing Saturday
while Dallas (Jr) is coming with a full 7 players. Buffalo (Joel)
who is only 5 up on Dallas has his own injuries to deal with but now at
least has another out if things all go wrong this week. "We knew
something like this could happen" said Capone, "Just too many teams were
in battles." Tense times in Chicago for sure.
Sharks Actually In?
The only NHLP playoff team with a Shark is Hamilton (Tyson). If
the Sharks beat Arizona Saturday night, and we have to ASSUME they will,
they could be 1 or 2 points out depending on everyone else's day.
Then San Jose gets Dallas, Edmonton and Los Angeles to finish. It
is very conceivable they could win out, finishing the season with 95
points and a 39 ROW. With all the penalties we have done, we
haven't considered this being a possibility YET. Come Sunday we
may have to assume two of the three of either Los Angeles - Calgary -
Winnipeg could be out, not just one. Right now it is surely
looking like it will be Calgary or Winnipeg but that means Calgary or
Winnipeg, the team making it would also have to finish ahead of San
Jose, and suddenly that seems very much in doubt when looking at the
schedules. If both Calgary and Winnipeg miss, Carolina (Joel)
would be the only team that gets hit from that Penalty. Would San
Jose's entire season be alive and well if in their final game of the
season, they KNOCK OUT LOS ANGELES from the NHL playoffs and get in.
Now suddenly, that can happen.
Indianapolis To Crash HARD
It is looking more like the Winnipeg Jets are in tough to make the NHL
playoffs. Big Buff does what he does best, something not to
bright, putting his team down even more. GM Matt now has even more
to worry about because suddenly it isn't just do or die with his 4 Jets,
but both Calgary and Los Angeles can miss, thanks to the resurgence of
the down and out Sharks. So Matt misses if the Jets miss or if San
Jose makes it, further making the odds of the Icemen making the NHLP
playoffs almost surely not to happen. "My mind is about to blow
up" said GM Scott, "Would love to make the playoffs in Edmonton, but it
seems that can only occur if Indy suffers a penalty and the Jets don't
make it in, killing my other chances in San Fran and Philly."
Although GM Scott thinks he has it bad, Muddy Capone sees it
differently. "Fucking whiner" said Capone, "Try having my job and
piecing together what could happen to 12 GMs and 36 NHLP teams and 30
NHL teams and making sense of all that." Just for a day.
First Place or Last Place
The New York Islanders (Ryan) can yet go either way. Currently in
first place in the NHLP's East Division, the team would move straight to
last place if Ottawa misses the NHL playoffs. GM Shawn is heavily
invested here and likely now in good shape no matter what happens with
Ryan on the Island. Although Shawn finds himself in 5th by a
seemingly huge 6 points in Halifax, even the Sens making it in still
leaves Philadelphia (Scott) in big trouble then, who would penalty out
if both the Bruins and Jets miss. It will be very tough for the
Sens to make it in, having to likely go 5-1 or 4-1-1 to finish if the
Bruins just go 2-2-1 and the Bruins play Toronto and Florida remaining.
The Sens would have been all but D-E-A-D last night if not scoring in
the final minutes and winning in Overtime. So really they can't
give any more points or they will be toast, as will GM Ryan's Islanders.
Indy or Green Bay, or Edmonton?
Although it can still be the Calgary Flames out in the NHL playoffs, it
is looking more like either Winnipeg or Los Angeles are the odd team
out. Calgary will have a huge say in this with their final two
games being the Kings and ending with the Jets, in Winnipeg.
Currently if the Kings can win their game at hand, they'd tie Winnipeg
and the Jets would move out of the playoffs on the ROW, meaning
Indianapolis (Matt) and his 4 Jets players would be toast. The
Kings have a remarkable weak schedule remaining and still are the
favorites to grab a spot, but if not Green Bay (Ryan) will penalty out.
If it is still Calgary out, and if the teams just stay where they are
now it would come down to that final game in Winnipeg, the NHLP's West
seems a wide open race with just 5 points separating the teams from 1st
to 5th, but Edmonton (Scott) not only currently out, but with two
injuries and the fewest man games remaining.
One Is, One Isn't
GM Chad is tied for 4th place in two separate divisions, however one
truly isn't any race at all. When you look at the Atlantic
Division you see Chad's Pens and Jr's Machine tied at 304, but this is
clearly not a race, as Chad is in. With Boston beating Florida
Tuesday, this assures that the race in the NHL is between Ottawa and
Boston. Ottawa not only has to win their game at hand, but gain
two more points on the Bruins. So if the Bruins only beat Toronto
and Florida in their remaining 5 games, Ottawa would have to beat
Toronto (their extra game) and go 3-2 in their last 5. It is very
tough to gain even just two points in 5 games, something they must do
even giving them a free automatically win against Toronto, something
that didn't happen just last Saturday. If the Bruins hang on
Hamilton (Tyson) will be in and Memphis out and vise-versa if Ottawa
comes back. So although the Division is close in the Atlantic,
there is no race for Chad. However, Colorado is a different story.
With the NHL's Caps looking good, there appears no potential penalties
from the Pacific Division, meaning this is a true race. GM Andrew
in Los Angeles is 4 points clear of 5th and Seattle (Shawn) two points
up on the tied Vancouver (Joel) and Colorado (Chad). Chad is
seemingly the odd team out with both Hedman and Neal injured in what
otherwise has Cup potential all over this team. The Avs can score,
have two each of the Bolts, Blues and Preds with Nyguist in for good
measure. This is very likely the best team in the Conference and
destine to be out without a miracle finish. The good news for Chad
is he easily has the goals tie-breaker with Vancouver if it comes to
them tied in 10 days.
Up Three, Down Three
The Buffalo Sabres (Joel) are still up three points, but according to
Officepools still have three injuries. Is Malkin playing Wednesday
or not? Thursday St Louis appears ready to return and Cole isn't
far off if he can't go next game. Sitting three points up on 5th,
with is two teams tied in Dallas (Jr) and Boston (Ryan). All three
teams racing are looking like a full 7 playoff players, leaving goals
scored from the teams playoff players as the second tie-breaker,
currently leaving Joel's Sabres out if it comes to that as the Stars
have 130 goals, the Bruins 128 and the Sabres 126. If Joel can't
get healthy right now, he could shockingly miss the playoffs in Buffalo
on a team anticipated to play in the Division Finals.
Tampa Bay has three players out, Hedman, Johnson and Garrison. All
three of these injuries will play large for different reasons. GM
Chad is only a point up on 5th in Colorado and already without Neal.
Losing Hedman for a few games or more in the next two weeks could be the
difference if they make it in or not with Vancouver (Joel) healthy at
the moment. Edmonton (Scott) seems so far back with Weber and now
Johnson out even though they are only 4 out and 7 out of first place.
Points are hard to come by and with Tampa Bay playing back to back
nights, there is no reason to think Johnson would play the back half of
the two. Just as big of injury, even though to the less of the
scoring three is Garrison. GM Andrew was hit with the new fine at
the Deadline for putting up the wrong numbers on the board. That
deal for Garrison never was put back up on the board, now Andrew pays
for it again in Chicago. Garrison is slated to miss three to four
weeks, likely meaning a full zero in the first round of the NHLP
playoffs, a time when two or three points can make the difference.
Already with Cole injured, although easily in, Andrew's Hawks are going
to need everyone scoring in the first round or the two-time Cup winners
in Chicago, fresh off the 2013 NHLP Championship, won't be one of the
teams making a run for the elusive 'first to three' run this playoffs.
Boston plays two of their next five, including tonight against Florida
while the Senators hope for a little Panthers help tonight while they
grab two points against Detroit. With a Boston win and Sens loss
tonight, Ottawa will drop 5 points out, meaning a true four if they win
their game at hand for they don't have the tie-breaker. Gaining
four points with 6 games to go likely is impossible, so tonight could
surely seal their fate if all goes wrong. If the Sens can win and
Florida beat the Bruins, Ottawa would be just a point out with a game at
hand and Florida two behind Boston with 5 games to go, but one more head
New Orleans Well Rested
GM Shawn has just 34 player games to play, some 13 less then many NHLP
teams. With four Ducks only have 4 games remaining each, the
NHLP's top point getting team will be well rested entering the playoffs.
A Ducks run will make the Wolverines very hard to beat this playoffs,
but before then the GM still has lots to cheer for said Muddy Capone.
"If the playoffs started today, Anaheim would host Winnipeg in the first
round" pointed out Capone, "Winnipeg is so big, so mean, so strong and
so tough any team facing them won't win unscaved. Byfuglien will
likely take out at least one player over a series, almost a certainty."
GM Shawn has yet to win a Championship in 10 full seasons as a GM but
with the Ducks potentially the NHL's President Cup winners, how
can you argue against having 4 of them as a great opportunity to win
that elusive first Cup.
Kings to Kill GM Ryan Again?
While not physically dead, the dagger through the heart in game 7
overtime last season, taking what was surely GM Ryan's first Cup from
him, certainly felt like a death blow from the LA Kings. The Kings
have a chance to help the healing or to twist that dagger in a little
further. GM Ryan is sitting out of the playoffs in Boston by just
three points thanks to a huge 8 point night Sunday. That is the
positive. Ottawa is out of the NHL playoffs now, meaning GM Ryan's
first place Islanders in the East are set to penalty out with 4 Sens.
Now we come to the final of Ryan's three teams, Green Bay.
Although currently in the playoffs by 4 points, they too will be out if
the Kings miss the NHL playoffs, meaning the Kings could help Ryan go
from maybe having all three teams in, to having all three teams out.
There may not have been a lot of luck go in GM Ryan's favor the
first 12 years as a GM, but this could be shaping up to truly be unlucky
13 if things end with a tee time on the 12th.
Senate Votes No to Playoffs
The Ottawa Senators voted a strong 'no' this weekend to making the
playoffs, opening the door for Boston to move 3 full points ahead of
Ottawa, and the Bruins hold the tie-breaker if they finish tied.
Ottawa has a game at hand still, but after losing to Toronto and Florida
while Boston beat the Rangers and Canes, now that game becomes a must,
still putting them a full two points behind at even games because of the
tie-breaking ROW clearly in the Bruins favor. Florida who plays
Boston twice still would wreck havoc to the NHLP standings, causing both
Boston and Ottawa players to be non playoff players. No NHLP
playoff team would have a Panther, but 14 Bruins and Sens would be
kicked out of the playoffs. The Sens choked but can they pull it
together in the final 12 days of the season and somehow get back in.
Minny In - Rest 90-91
If the Kings beat Chicago, the Flames beat Dallas and Vancouver losses
to St Louis tonight, 4 teams in the NHL's West
Conference will all end the night with 90 or 91 points and Winnipeg will
be out of the playoffs at nights end. With just 6 games to play it
would seem impossible for four teams to all gain 5 to 6 points on
Minnesota, who also has all tie-breakers, so we are going to call them
in and remove the '*' from any potential penalties they face in the
standings. At this point any of four NHL teams - Vancouver,
Winnipeg, Calgary and Los Angeles could all still go out. They all
play 6 or less after games Monday so these are huge games nightly.
Only in the NHLP
Quirks are part of the NHLP standings, always have been. Like the
Edmonton Oil (Scott) are only 15 points off the most points in the NHLP,
about 8th overall in the 36 team league. However, if the playoffs
started today, the Oil would not be in. With 326 points, only
three teams in the entire league outside the West Division have more
points, so someone in the West will be out with enough to almost
outright win most all other Divisions. How else are things messed
up? GM Andrew should easily have 3 playoff teams while GM Scott
may have none, however all three of Scott's teams have more points then
Andrew's highest team. "It is weird to see these things" said
Muddy Capone, "Yearly, if you look close enough these quirks jump out."
GM Andrew and Scott just happen to be in all opposite Divisions this
season and Andrew is in the lower scoring Divisions while GM Scott just
happens this year to be in the higher scoring three. At 298 points
Chicago (Andrew) is in 2nd place in the South, but yet a total not good
enough to be in the playoffs in any other Division. The South
might actually have the overall best teams as well.
Letang Shuts It Down
Latang has a concussion and will not play the rest of the regular
season, bad news for both GMs Andrew and Ryan. Andrew has Letang
in Los Angeles and is in by 7 points over 5th while Green Bay (Ryan) is
in by six points. With the history Letang has had, this close to
the playoffs it wasn't any surprise to shut it
down for the season, but will he return and be ok to play for the
playoffs. Here is a guy who was just starting to get back after
just one injury after another, most notably his stroke last season.
He was clearly on top of his game and this is the first HUGE blow since
the NHLP Trading Deadline. Both NHLP teams should have enough
without any from Letang down the stretch, but a zero in the first round
will likely be enough to doom either GM if it comes to that.
Very Questionable - Say It Ain't So Buffalo
Last season Buffalo (Joel) missed the playoffs with Crosby and Stamkos
on one team. All season this team was, and still is, an NHLP Cup
favorite. GM Joel was so confident at the NHLP Deadline, he even
was adding injured players. He added St Louis who was expected
back late March. That now has changed to early April and Malkin,
Hornqvist and Cole are not only all out, but at best questionable to
play in their teams next games. That is the teams top four
scorers, injured with just 59 man-games to go in the season. Why
rush St Louis and Malkin back if you are the Pens and the Rangers?
The Sabres still have some wiggle room, but now just 12 points up on
Boston (Ryan) for the last playoff game and Boston is not only healthy
but has 57 man-games left. That 12 points will likely be single
digits Saturday night if Joel doesn't get players back soon. "This
would be a shocker beyond anything we even thought could happen" said
Muddy Capone, then adding, "This is suppose to be Buffalo's best chance
at a Cup so GM Joel must have a sickly feeling in
his gut with so little left in the season."
Hamilton Injury a Good Thing?
The Atlantic Division is basically decided as far as the teams that will
be out. Unless Washington falls out of the NHL playoffs, it is
either going to be Hamilton (Tyson) or Memphis (Jr) on the penalty
out...Well maybe! Firstly, GM Tyson didn't move non-playoff player
Couture even though up 30 some points on 5th. "Hamilton could have
given 25 points for Couture and been in a better position" said Muddy
Capone, "Anyone would have taken that many." By not doing so, now
if Boston is out Hamilton suffers at least a 42 point penalty on the
injured player Hamilton (of the Bruins). That 42 points off the
322 the team has puts them at 280, which is only 8 points behind Memphis
(Jr) at 288. So Hamilton is injured and not likely to come back,
so is this a good thing? Well the penalty can't get any more, as
each Hamilton point would just end up counting as a penalty at the end
of the season, so his injury seemingly doesn't matter if the NHL Bruins
miss the playoffs. So whereas GM Jr would be in today if Ottawa
makes it in, they still have to stay (finish) within 42 points of the
first place Hitmen the rest of the way and have Ottawa make it in and
Boston, not Washington out. "The standings are causing some
potentially wild finishes" said Capone, "Something we haven't seen in
the first two completed seasons with the new penalty rules." Of
course if two NHLP teams finish tied in the standings at the end of the
regular season, the new tie breaker rules that have never came into play
yet, is the most playoff players of the teams tied. If Boston
misses the NHL playoffs and Hamilton and Memphis are tied after the
Hitmen penalty (likely 42 points), GM Jr would be in the NHLP playoffs
with 7 playoff players while Hamilton only would have 5 playoff players
and thus be out on the tie-breaker. This may be shaping up as GM
Tyson's worst season if it isn't already.
Icemen Pulling Away In West
GM Matt has taken Indianapolis right to the top of the Standings in the
West Division, even if just 6 points from missing the playoffs
altogether. "It is incredibly tight" said Muddy Capone, "And in
their own way, each of the top 5 teams are facing penalties and non
playoff players." Although the Icemen currently appear safe with
their 4 Jets players, they almost certainly will enter the playoffs a
player down unless Vancouver doesn't make it, for they have one player
off Minnesota, Los Angeles and Calgary, the other teams battling.
GM Ryan isn't in great shape in Green Bay where he is done if Los
Angeles doesn't make it, but also out if combinations of Washington or
Boston and Vancouver finish out. In a weird scenario, if both
Vancouver and Boston miss, the Knights would have a 52 point penalty
while Edmonton (Scott) would suffer a penalty as well, but enter the
playoffs with a five man team for their own penalty would just be 28
points. GM Marcel would be out in Alaska if Washington misses,
unless it is Washington and Los Angeles whereas GM Vinnie in
Portland would suffer a penalty of 8 more points. Portland would
suffer a penalty if Boston and LA misses but no where near the
dismantling Green Bay would suffer, meaning Vinnie would limp in with a
5 man team. So while the West is in the air as far as
points, it is even further in the air over potential penalties.
Any team right now can finish out on points or penalties.
Three and Out
It is never fun having all three teams miss the playoffs. "It
happened to me one time" said GM Scott, "And at the time, we had 4 teams
each." OUCH! Scott, the NHLP's last Cup Champion, along with
numerous other GM's are all facing this very undesirable club. GM
Scott is in some serious races, having one team 2 points in and two
teams at 2 and 3 points out, similar to GM Vinnie, Joel and Chad.
The Vin Dog is tied for 4th and has two teams in by only 3 points each.
Vinnie has the injured Kane and St Louis in Atlantic City, so unlikely
to stay tied for the final playoff spot by weekends end. GM Joel
and Chad are both in races and collapses could see either have no
playoff teams. Other GM's are facing penalty outs. GM
Charlie is likely the safest, having two last place teams and a first
place team in Phoenix where Chuck will be in unless somehow both
Washington and Vancouver miss, highly unlikely. GM Tyson looks to
have one good shot, but even so may be out in Hamilton if Boston misses
the NHL playoffs, although it isn't a certainty as the race with Memphis
(Jr) is actually close after Tyson's potential penalty. It makes
for a long off-season when you get knocked out of the playoffs, but not
even making it with one team isn't something you want to experience.
"When it happened I said that was the last time I'd do that" said Scott,
"But then the next season comes and I find I do it every single year.
Join the playoff races and cross your fingers."
East Remaining Schedule
Here is a fun look at the East & West. If you got two full points
from playing a team below you in the standings and zero points from
playing teams above you, this is how close it is. In head-to-head
games, I gave one point each, meaning if someone wins outright, give
them an extra point and take one from the losing team.
Washington (Ott-Bos) 94
Ottawa (Wash) 94
Boston (Wash) 93
Washington plays both Ottawa and Boston once each while the Sens and
Bruins are finished. So it is close and will come down to who gets
points from the better teams they play and who gets the points from
where they should get them. Then, the head to head, where you can
add one to your team and subtract one from the other team.
West Remaining Schedule
Same Logic as East.
Vancouver (Win & LA) 100
LA (Min-Van-Cal) 97
Calgary (Min-LA-Win) 96
Minnesota (Cal-LA-Win) 94
Winnipeg (Van-Min-Cal) 93
Los Angeles has the easiest schedule and should get 11 more points,
while Vancouver and Calgary both should get 10 points. Minnesota
schedule is so tough remaining, they'd only get one single point from
each Calgary, Los Angeles and Winnipeg, and all other games are teams
ahead of them in the standings. Winnipeg is the odd team out,
getting 5 more points the remaining schedule, including 3 from head to
heads with Vancouver, Minnesota and Calgary. How big is every
single game. HUGE.
Busy Deadline - 33 Transactions Made
The Transactions are updated and of the 33 total Transactions at the
Trading Deadline, 14 were trades while 19 were to the minors. In
Player Tracking both Tampa Bay and Chicago have 21 players, Montreal 20
and Anaheim 19 as the NHLP GM's teams of choice. The Divisions, as
seems always the case, all came within about 10 points or so and the
races are on. Certain teams missing like Los Angeles, Ottawa,
Calgary and combinations including Boston can cause teams to penalty
out. More on that in the coming weeks as we settle in for a print
to the finish.
GM Matt's 35 Leads Way
The total NHLP numbers came to 2568 with GM Scott hitting a whopping
310, hitting close to double what GM's Charlie, Tyson and Vinnie spent
combined. GM Matt was one of three GM's with over 30 Transactions
on the season, leading the way with 35, one more than Scott and 3 more
than Joel. GM's Charlie and Tyson failed to reach 10 each but both
look to have a playoff team each. Tyson is interesting as he is
facing a 42 point penalty in Hamilton if Boston fails to make the
playoffs, giving that spot guaranteed to GM Jr with his three Sens.
Minors Officially Now Frozen
The Minors have now been Frozen prior to games played
Monday, March 16th. GM's should be receiving a Minors list so they can
prepare in advance of the coming Deadline, starting at 11 AM on
Canucks Grab Benn - Points
GM Joel traded Carlson and Gaborik for 15 points, adding Benn and
Kreider from Portland (Vinnie). The Canucks now move atop the
Pacific some 28 points up on 5th place. "The move allows us to
battle in the Minors a little strong and not lose our standings as a
playoff team" said the Vancouver GM who can now make a 3-3 for Benn,
Landeskog and Boyle for 129 points. Grabbing 10 points that you
can use to bully your way to a Minors battle is great strategy.
This is now the third move in the past 24 hours for GM Vinnie who is on
Vacation who seemingly has to be 2500 kilometers away from the office to
get things done.
Why Rush Now?
GM Charlie said he thinks he can save his teams, two of which are out of
the playoffs. "I should have just gave Marcel what he wanted" said
the GM, regretting he didn't acquire the final Waiver of the season.
Our question is, what's the rush? Charlie's Rangers have kept
first and third round picks Spezza and Kadri and 5 of the 7 drafted
players while Miami has done the same. "So you are mad because you
weren't gifted the final Waiver" said Muddy Capone. Charlie isn't
the only GM who seemingly has just let strong players go to waste, as
certainly of the 5 NHLP teams 25 points or more out of 4th, all should
miss. "There are 36 Waivers and a meeting where problems can be
corrected before the deadline" said Capone, "Not trading a top player
because you can't severe a cord and making a strong Waiver to stay close
with playoff players is not strong GM work." Now, and there is
certainly no hurry, only four days are left for GM's not attending the
Deadline, as many as four of them from what we know. So no hurry,
no rush to move those non playoff guys or your points. Like, why
rush now? Rushing causes mistakes to be made. Take your time
and get it right! You still have four days left. Lots of
Big Tilts Every Night
Ottawa has lost just one game in their last 10 games. Just so
happens that was to Boston, the team they are chasing for the final
playoff spot. Washington looked like they might be the team Ottawa
was chasing, but they beat the Bruins Sunday. This week Ottawa and
Boston play again on Thursday and if Ottawa can win, they can be a true
single point back of the Bruins after even games. That will really
fuck with some GM's minds on Saturday with 16 Bruins on NHLP Rosters and
ZERO Sens. With the Bruins looking unbeatable, it will be tough to
get off them at this point, meaning potential penalties everywhere if
the unforeseen happens. A win by the Bruins on Thursday might just
do the Sens in. In the West after even games no more than 4 points
can separate 6 teams, four of those teams will be in the playoffs.
Today, although with a game at hand, Los Angeles is out but will be back
in with a win over lowly Arizona on Monday night. San Jose plays
Winnipeg Tuesday in what will surely be a mind-changing game for many
NHLP GM's. The loser of that game would appear to be on the outs
but if it is the Sharks, they and 8 roster players may be doomed as they
are already at least 4 points out at even games and will only have 12 to
play. With 10 players on NHLP teams the Kings are gut-wrenching.
Any GM carrying combinations of Canucks-Flames-Wild-Jets-Kings and
Sharks, or two players on any one of those teams will be facing possible
penalties if any finish with a sluggish final 10 games. "It
appears this is the year that the NHLP rules, you either have them or
you don't, will mostly come into play" said Muddy Capone who expects a
surprise or two in the final days of the regular season. Teams are
just bunched up too much and someone has to finish out, we know this.
So if it happens to be a team in the playoffs on Saturday, that finishes
out, we expect teams in the NHLP playoffs to penalty out and not make
the post season. Knowing just three seasons ago the Kings won the
Cup from the 8th seed, means it can happen if you have the balls and the
luck to nail a strongly built team that just squeaks in.
Malkin Shutting Things Down
Well, actually he just missed one game, but these are the type of things
that can just ruin a lot of hard work. The NHLP already has seen
as big of injury as you can get, with Kane going down for Atlantic City
(Vinnie). Although GM Joel doesn't have to worry about Malkin as
we are just fucking with him, surely a few more big injuries will occur
by playoffs. "Every time you see your guy get hit or leave the
game, you cringe" said Muddy Capone, "For a six week injury right now
means the first round is a zero for any players." The GM's now
have five days before all teams are set with one last crack at the
Minors, or bringing in a huge piece in a blockbuster, by 6 PM Saturday.
Montreal - Toronto Swap
It isn't two teams that often swap players and it isn't a GM who often
swaps 'those' players. Montreal (Marcel) traded away a Hab, in
more ways than one, trading Desharnais to GM Chad in Toronto for Lehtera.
"We think we have a player from each of the top seven teams in the NHL"
said GM Marcel, "So this was a depth move, already having Pacioretty as
our Hab." Led by Crosby the NHLP Habs have 3 players from the East
and 4 from the West, all off different teams. "Hopefully we can
match two of them up in the NHLP Finals" said the teams GM with very
realistic hopes. GM Chad now has 3 Canadiens on his Maple Leaf's
roster adding Desharnais with Plekanec and Galchenyuk, on a team led by
superstars Schwartz and Hossa. "I just can't wait for the playoffs
to start this season" said an excited GM Chad "I think we have had one
of our better seasons". Chad already has 2 NHLP Championships
(007) and you'd have to have blinders on not to see the outstanding job
he has done in building solid teams this season. A third
Championship would put Chad in very elite company (007-15), making him
only the third GM in 25 years to accomplish this feat. "I think it
is clear GM Chad has turned a corner" said Muddy Capone, "He quietly has
taken a place amongst the very top of the GMs talent list and is very
deserving of another title, what would be his third over the past just
Can't Get Any Higher
Second, third and fifth overall as well as first place in all his
Divisions, GM Marcel has no where to go but down. Florida is 23,
Montreal 31 and Alaska 32 points up on 5th and all three are tops in
their Divisions. What does this mean for GM Marcel? Well,
likely not much. The GM has had more first place teams over the
past 5 years then any other GM, constantly sitting in the top at this
time of the season, but using the points to build another Champion isn't
something that has been done or accomplished. The GM makes enough
good moves, but one could argue not enough great moves, to win more
frequent with his endless stream of solid teams. "Many winning
teams will put themselves out there, risking it all by going for it all"
said Muddy Capone, "Marcel is seemingly all around every single Cup, but
often just a little short. Can we look back afterwards and say a
little more could have been done? Certainly." What is a
little more? Leaving the Deadline with 20 unused points is likely
enough to say you didn't do enough. Carrying players that are less
likely to see multiple rounds, where just a few more points could get
your team through, are wasted opportunities. Marcel has three
first place teams and yes, he has no where to go but down. In this
case, that is a good thing. Giving points means bringing in
assets. The more you give, the better the asset. The closer
you get to risking it all, likely, the closer you get to winning it all.
Okposo for Palat
It's a done deal. The Colorado Avalanche (Chad), also well known
in the NHLP circles as the Millennium Cup Champs, cannot escape injury.
No sooner has the top scoring team in the NHLP gotten healthy, another
injury has been announced. After blocking a shot, in a way an
NHL'er knows best not to block that way, Palat took a full slap shot in
the back of the leg while turning and will now pay the price expected,
two to three weeks on the mend. The Avs could see a clear path to
the playoffs after Okposo's retina repaired and he returned just last
game. Now that path seems a bit blurred. Only 10 points
ahead of Seattle (Shawn) who appears the bigger threat of those behind.
The Storm have some St Louis and Tampa Bay players, meaning Chad might
have to become a seller. GM Tyson had the players to be a part of
this race, but apparently not the skill or heart, now 66 points back,
dying the slow death with rotting stars Kopitar, Keith, Vermette,
Garrison and playoff goto man Bickell. Even now climbing out of a
hole of 66 points leaves a patchwork roster filled with desperation and
hand-me-downs, not a true chance to likely even win a round. For
Chad, he is playing for the Cup and must get this team into the playoffs
as it actually stands a real chance, meaning excitement from here on out
in the NHLP's Pacific Division.
What's Your Masterpeice?
It is nearing crunch time in the NHLP. Like in art class we have
12 GM's off in the corners working on their final piece of art.
Many GMs have sat back all year while others have aggressive been
building. Six GM's have made over 15 Transactions led by GM Matt
at 30, Scott 26, Joel and Chad at 24. Five GM's have made under 10
Transactions with GM Charlie 7, Ryan 8 and GM's Jr & Scottie, Tyson and
Vinnie all with 9. A look at the standings sees the GMs with the
fewest Transactions currently with 8 of their 15 teams in, but taking up
5 of the 6 last place teams with maybe 3 of those teams almost
write-offs at this point. The GM's with the fewest Transactions
also have the lowest 7 scoring teams amongst them. The GM's making
over 15 Transactions currently do have 3 of the 12 non-playoff spots in
the league. Things will undoubtedly tighten up and we will see
some big swings over the next 10 days. GM's moving playoff players
this time of year always have a leg up on GM's trying to move
non-playoff players, while GM's moving points and playoff players are
set up the best. Many times once the Minors are realized, frozen
Monday, high scoring non-playoff players aren't always as attractive,
once realized they must be eaten by the team
acquiring. Still, getting into the playoffs with 6 guys is better
than not making it at all. GM's not attending the meeting must get
work done for players going to the Minors while those planning on being
there don't have the same desperation setting in. Make no mistake,
it is crunch time, for we have a mere 10 days to all teams are set and a
full years work is completed. Then the reveal, all GM's finally
can show off their final masterpieces. Some, true pieces of art,
while in some cases, nothing more than an ugly piece of shit.
GM Vinnie - Painfully Slow
GM Vinnie used the term "painfully slow" when he stated he was been
speaking to numerous GMs about deals. We assume GM Vinnie is
talking about other GMs that are painfully slow, but we are not sure if
he meant he has been painfully slow. After all he has made 9
transactions this season. He didn't move Kane since he was
injured, even going hard enough to acquire a Waiver. Kane could be
back mid-May, so maybe Vinnie plans of keeping him now because it
appears as of today, he will not be represented at the meeting.
Keeping Kane would be a severe handicap in the first round, but trading
him away wouldn't be free, meaning maybe a loss of the final playoff
spot which he is just hanging on to, only 14 points up with a zero from
Kane the rest of the way if he doesn't move him. In Las Vegas
Vinnie is 8 points up on 5th with Wingels. In Portland Vinnie is
30 points up on 5th with Benn at 62 points. Surely the GM can find
an attending GM to take those points, even if Vinnie has to give 15 to
20, he is best moved over a zero in the first round where all hope will
be lost for Vinnie if he gets hammered in round one of the playoffs
anyhow. These are tough choices now, but with the invention of
texting, we know Vinnie will be in things until the final minutes of the
end of the Trading Deadline.
GM Charlie Offers Up Oshie - With Deadline
GM Charlie is shopping Oshie hard, one of the elite NHLP players.
He has set an official deadline for making the move as the end of the
Trading Deadline. Sources say he may be moved quicker. GM
Marcel said he "Made an offer to Charlie" but rumor is he changed it.
"I know I changed mine" said GM Scott, "But I do that a lot."
The Tainted Cup
I was just going back over all the emails starting on March 12, 2013 to
see what was being said by whom. Go read them if you have them.
Interesting to read comments of fellow GM's then. In 24 Cups, we
have never had a winner that was "Tainted", even though we have had
many, many battles as a group over the years about certain deals.
GM Jr, Andrew and myself would always try and police things, as the
league moves by so fast a few have to run a quick eye test and you have
to act quick. You can't open up every trade for debate, but anyone
can debate any deal, it is their right There are certainly those
that deserve to be debated. Jr usually has a more articulate way
to say the same thing I often feel. Andrew is always the first to
speak up about player values and this importance, because of how
"everything else is affected" when a suspect trade is made. Andrew
will usually notice something before I do, because he is likely the best
at quickly understanding player values while I often am more of a bigger
picture kind of guy. He lets me know time and time again when
something isn't right and then we try and justify it if at all possible.
The ones you just cannot justify in any way, are the ones that linger.
I still remember most of these deals from years gone by. They
leave a lingering bad taste for years, but even though unforgettable, we
haven't been forced to relive any over and over. The hockey Gods
have been with us every step of the way to ensure none of those deals
ever have led to a winning team. Amen to that. Because that
very first time it happens, who of us can ever let it go?
Definitely not me. I can't and I never would. I see it as
cheating 11 others, or maybe 10 as two GMs are in every deal. So I
will never let my guard down. I can't for the league. We
can't as a league, none of us. Who wants to win a Cup on a team
that everyone knows was handed a gift. Who wants to have an
asterisk, even if only a mental note each time the team is mentioned.
Who wants to win with that team. Once you go there, how can you
even open your mouth and comment, when someone else does anything else
over the next 5 years? You did the same thing and you haven't
earned the right anymore. I put a lot of time and effort into
making sure everything is fair. To quote GM Andrew from March 12,
2013, "It's sad." I couldn't agree more. It is sad.
GM Jr Comments on Matt-Andrew Deal
"This deal is disappointing. Throws a wrench into the
finely tuned machine we have become accustomed to. When market value, any
sense of fairness, even basic protocol are thrown out the window; it makes every
other deal seem irrelevant, or at the very least futile. How can you pay,
or ask for, 10-15 points per desirable playoff player, when others are acquiring
them for 3-4? After so many years seemingly "learning the ropes", Matt
should know a lot more than he evidently does. In a perfect world, this
will not affect this year's outcome."
The Team That Matt Built
The Hartford Whalers (Andrew) are a lot stronger this morning after a
whopper of a deal in the weak (well that too) wee hours of the morning.
Cincinnati (Matt) may have hit the panic button with all the movement in
San Fran (Scott), but the ramifications of the deal didn't sit well with
one NHLP GM. The Whalers did well, giving 8 points and adding
Nash, St Louis and Beglund for Pavelski, Filppula and Elias. The
Whalers are strong now with four Rangers including both Stepan and
Zuccarello, along with top players Steen and Hedman. "GM Andrew
comes up with huge deals every year" said Muddy Capone. This move
seemed to have a direct link to a move earlier in the night when GM Chad
shipped Stepan and 10 points to GM Scott for Hedman. Andrew made
no bones about it when he said he didn't understand what Chad was
thinking. Chad ultimately gave a top Ranger for the top D-man in
Tampa Bay and one could argue for a team with points and the top scoring
team in the NHLP, Colorado (Chad) could be argued to have overpaid, but
it certainly seems to be a preference of what team do you like more, the
Rangers or Bolts. This move, well helping Andrew of course, only
killed any hope GM Matt had in Cincinnati said GM Scott. "Matt got
88 non playoff points for Nash and St Louis and the 8 point gain will do
two things, ensure this team is officially dead and will cost him more
than 8 points to move 88 points to the minors, which physically isn't
even possible in a two for two. I know, I just made the Waiver.
Even Koivu twice was 76 points" said GM Scott, "Clearly this is the type
of deal I would have told Matt, OK - send out an email to everyone and
see if you can get better first. I don't have to stoop this low to
win and I'd never make another GM look like a complete idiot in making a
deal. But that is just me." Andrew did say he merely
accepted the deal, no different than what GM Scott did hours
earlier and it "Surprised me as well how GM's are just giving up on the
Scott to Andrew: "I usually don't say this about you but I hope
any team in the league this year wins but your team. I wouldn't
have ever made a deal to make him look like an idiot. In fact I
was coaching him prior last night telling him how strong a team he has.
Ultimately he just ruined his own chances. But I have to be
honest. You can't even put this in the same sentence as Stepan for
Hedman. That is in fact a hockey deal, whether you like Chad's
angle or not. Whatever. I will be quoting this on the site.
You are free to respond and I will post what you have to say about it as
Andrew to Scott: "That's no problem. I just answered his
email. Same as you did with Hedman and Stepan. That one
stoned me. You moved up so much in that division, I think Matt
thought he needed to respond. Points are being dried up.
Look at Charlie. He did nothing there and now has fallen even
further. Matt is only 8 out of second."
If anyone else ever wants to weigh in on anything at all, please feel
Here is Conversation less then one hour before the deal was made:
Matt to Scott: Holly Shit. Ya, I'm scrambling now.
Scott to Matt: Changes fast huh. I was waiting for someone to drop
down there. If they had made it a race, I would have kept my Tampa guys.
GMs have to learn that. Have good players and hang in 5th or close to 5th.
Then the guy behind doesn't sell his top guys. He builds around them.
You are still ok. You have good players. Remember, at the meeting
everything tightens to about 10 to 15 points. I went from seller there to
buyer. So you know I will be dropping again. Your Rangers will be
hot. But at the same time, they could win you the cup. But you will
get some offers.
San Fran Adds Minny Players
When the dust settled in San Fran, the Titan had moved everyone except
the one guy they were shopping, Tavares. Gone were Kucherov,
Filppula, and Hedman and a Waiver drop of Byfluglien, Tlusty and Staal
clear the entire roster but one. Added in the Waiver were Granlund,
Granlund and Palmieri who was immediately moved to Montreal (Marcel) for
House Cleaned - Kucherov To Halifax
GM Scott traded away his three prize possesions in just a few hours.
Filppula, Hedman and then Kucherov, three top Lightning players.
"I wasn't giving up on Tampa Bay" said the GM, "But we said yes to three
deals that all made sense to build a better team." Traded with
Kucherov to Halifax (Shawn) were Burns and Staal while San Fran added
Ladd, Fisher and the injured Byfuglien.
Officepools Updated With San Fran Waiver
Updates won't be for a bit, but the Waiver went Byfuglien, Tlusty and Staal for
Granlund, Granlund and Palmieri.
There was also a trade we will be talking in detail about, the St Louis, Nash
and Beglund for Pavelski, Elias and Filppula deal, GM Andrew gave Matt 8 Points.
Easy Come Easy Go
GM Chad just added Stepan but admitted, "I never dreamed I could turn him into
Hedman" said the Colorado GM who also enjoyed at least a 10 point night.
After moving out Filppula, GM Scott said he immediately knew his bigger plan,
changing his three Bolts into three Wild. This meant Hedman was for sale
and the discussions took an interesting turn. GM Scott was about to agree
on moving Hedman to Halifax (Shawn) in a huge deal that would have also landed
San Fran the 9th overall pick in next years draft, for #20, but GM Scott had to
break the news gently to Shawn within minutes of the hand-shake, that a better
deal had just arrived. "Shawn and I spoke about it, and we were maybe two
minutes from the deal being completed and it was like the secretary said you
should take this call" said Scott. GM Shawn was deflated but stated "I
understand how it works." GM Scott was as happy as GM Chad, "While
Chad didn't think he could turn Stepan into Hedman, I didn't think I could turn
Hedman into Stepan, funny how that works sometimes" said the GM. The GM
said the only think left now is Kucherov and a whole bunch of Wild players.
Montreal Adds Filppula For Waiver
After making a trade with Cincinnati (Matt) in which GM Marcel added Burrows for
Sekac he immediately moved the Waiver to San Fran (Scott) in a conditional deal.
The Titan moved Filppula to Montreal for Burns and the Waiver with a player to
be named later. GM Scott has promised to pick up Palmieri with the Waiver
and the GM's have another move in store where Burrows will be moved to the
Titan. "The entire thing hinged on Cincinnati taking Sekac" said GM Marcel
who came up with the creative deal.
If you got a plan - or even not a clue - let us hear from you.
Atlantic City - Plan for Kaner - GM Vinnie has stated his teams will be
represented at the NHLP Trading Deadline and he will be on the other end
of texts in Florida. "My assistant will be running my teams at the
Trading Deadline, so Kaner will be heading to the Minors or traded
sooner" said the GM. GM Vinnie's mystery replacement is just that,
a mystery however league sources believe it could be former GM Henry or
GM Wannabe Johnny. Time will tell but Vinnie's teams will be in
play at the Trading Deadline.
NY Rangers - Oshie for Points - GM Charlie is shopping everywhere and
one name that will get attention is Oshie on the Cup favored Blues.
The Rangers are just 7 points out but carrying a boat load of
non-playoff players, over 100 points in all. That must be trimmed
down somehow by the end of the NHL Trading Deadline.
Miami - Datsyuk and Zetterberg Anyone? - At 35 out GM Charlie must get
something done here or this team just gets wasted away. That means
maximizing a trade for either Datsyuk or Zetterberg, and even then can
it be done? This isn't an area where GM Charlie has shone prior,
getting a huge deal done late that actually works in his favor. It
might have just been left to long and now the Surf might be too far
back. They are top players no doubt and on a Red Wings team that
some feel can go all the way. Charlie has to be open for business
or just pack things up and hang his head, chalking this team up to a
very long list of non-playoff teams that this GM has built over the
St Louis - Will Take Your Points - The team to watch in the coming weeks
will be the St Louis Blues (Tyson) who just added Vermette to a long,
long list of assets. At 53 points back the Pacific better know
this team is coming. Kopitar, Keith, Vermette, Garrison and
Bickell are the short list of movable parts. Will GM Tyson
maximize his value for the big three? Seems hard not to be able to
do when GM's start trying desperately to move non-playoff players.
There are a whack of points to be moved from highly seeded teams and St
Louis will be able to pick and choose the 60 points they need to get
this team into a playoff spot. Don't miss out, these are kick-ass
players with their names all over the last two NHLP Cups.
Colorado - It has been confirmed that GM Chad wants to "Tidy a few
things up" in Colorado before the Trading Deadline and is willing to
move major points and a combination of Parise, Okposo and Letang.
"I'd like Blues or Bolts if possible" said the GM, "And with 20 points,
any team can hold onto Okposo who isn't far off to begin with."
Panthers Make Key Move
GM Marcel had the points to do it and knew he had to unload his
Avalanche players Duchene and Landeskog at some point. In a huge
move for Florida, Vermette was added, shipping Landeskog and 8 needed
points to Vancouver (Joel). Marcel still have plenty of points and
more work to do, the the moves are starting as the chatter picks up
across the league. "Sometimes the longer you hold guys the harder
they are to move late" said the Florida GM. After today's final
Waiver in Montreal, there will only be 14 days until the NHLP Trading
Deadline, at which time no NHLP Transactions of any kind may occur.
"I think after the final Waiver the reality really starts to set in"
said Muddy Capone, "Sometimes it borderlines of panic as every player in
the Minors will surely be hotly contested and teams with points to move
start flexing their might."
Stepan Newest Av
GM Chad has been as good as any this season, maybe the best form he has
ever been. In a huge deal the two-time Cup winner added Stepan and
Lehtera to one of the strongest teams in the NHLP in Colorado.
Chad paid a fair price, 7 points and Parise and Perron who now belongs
to GM Matt in Quebec. "We just keep watching GM Chad and his
moves, they are spot on" said Muddy Capone, "The job he has done
building his teams, the players he has brought in, are just clearly a
step above most others." Chad has said all season he is three
steps ahead this year, trying to "Plan things out as I go."
Colorado now has 19 points to work with and Okposo is skating. For
Matt, Parise looks great with Pominville and Perron adds with Winnik and
Winnik, for a three Pens team. The Nords are now 13 points up on
GM Charlie's NY Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic
GM's Battling Over...
There seems to be a behind-the-scenes battle currently raging between a
pair of heavyweight NHLP GMs (well, heavier than the average GM, put it
like that). When GM Charlie heard GM Vinnie was looking for a
representative, GM Charlie said he'd be contacting GM Glen then, who is
a semi-legend of sorts, about Glen calling the shots at the meeting for
GM Charlie's teams. Problem is GM Vinnie had Glen on his short
list already, as well as Glen does have ties to the Atlantic City
Franchise, even if the two GM's are still at odds. Vinnie has
apparently upped the offer to Glen including travel expenses and a Tim
Horton's gift certificate rumored to be in the $10 range. Charlie
was adamant that any deal involving him and Glen would have to be
structured in a creative way. "We aren't prepared to blow our
entire seasons spending budget on just one meeting" said GM Charlie who
said this season has already taken its toll, reaching the upper end on
what they already feel comfortable spending based on internal budgets.
Charlie said he'd be willing to load a Tim Horton's card for Glen with
an amount spread over 3 to 5 years, a deal which makes more sense to
him. "You can load the cards right online" said Charlie. The
ironic thing to all this is Vinnie and Glen have "history" since the
well documented incident that occurred, again ironically enough, at GM
Charlie's. There are just as many rumors to the story than "who
has screwed who in Chicago". One story is Glen was so gooned,
knowing he was in no shape to drive, left his boots behind for a better
pair of walking shoes to make the 4.8 Kilometer walk back to his estate.
Those shoes just happened to belong to GM Vinnie who happens to be very
particular about the heel height and the long walk seemed to take a
little off. Makes him look taller supposedly. The story gets
more creative and interesting depending on who you ask, or maybe how
many cold pops are consumed before the story is shared. Although
the truth to that story may be an unknown, one thing is for certain, GM
Glen's services appear to be in high demand. GM Glen may shine as
an UFGM, and the GM who signs him will have to ante up for his services,
even as bad as they were in his 11 NHLP year career.
GM Charlie - "We Are Very Close"
It was believed Stamkos wasn't in play, but now he is? "I have to
be open to everyone moving" said GM Charlie who has advised the league
GM's Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Oshie and even Stamkos are in play. It
is beleived a deal could come as early as Friday for what he said was a
"Big named player." The GM insists it isn't a fire sale as much as
a little aggressive work to get his three teams into the playoffs.
"If you steal a spot, even with nothing at all" said the GM, "Least you
are in the playoffs and have a shot, so expect my teams to be there in
the end." No doubt the GM has the players to move, but the harder
part will be making teams that avoid penalties that will cripple their
Although the Friday's looked perfect, all the blank spaces were GM's not sending
in any dates. That leaves a tied date and only GM's Andrew, Shawn, Vinnie,
Ryan and Scott sent in any preferred dates. "We begged GM's to give us
anything, stating it looked like a tied date, but we got what we got and it is
what it is" stated Muddy Capone. Meaning the NHLP Trade
Deadline is Saturday, March 21st at 11 AM. GM's Vinnie and Matt cannot
make that date, while Tyson and Charlie are maybe's, meaning between 8 to 10
GM's will be there. With only two Waivers left, it seems GM's not
attending will have to work some deals prior to the meeting for potential non
Chicago Loads Up with Injured Wisniewski
GM Andrew admitted he wasn't aware Wisniewski was out week to week but
took him anyhow. "I am in tough against some good teams" said
Andrew in reference to the Division leaders GM's Shawn and Joel.
After trading Richards and Abdelkader to Phoenix (Charlie) for the
Waiver, the Blackhawks added Wisniewski twice, Cole and Garrison.
This leaves only one NHLP Waiver remaining. GM Marcel has the last
pick in Montreal on Saturday.
Tops In Pacific Trade Big Names
No sooner did GM Andrew have Perron, he was dealt from Los Angeles.
The Kings moved Perron and Palat, two top quality players to Colorado
(Chad) in an inner Divisional trade of 1st and 2nd place clubs.
The Kings added Letang and Hornqvist. "It is difficult this time
of year to get doubles" said GM Andrew referring to adding players of
the same team. The Kings now have two Pens, Rangers and Habs.
The Avalanche have the NHLP's top scoring team with 7 playoff players if
Parise's Wild make it in. The Avs are also carrying Okposo who had
retina surgery but should return sometime this month.
A quick look at the NHLP Player Tracking reveals there are not a lot of
names on current rosters that could go today. "Seems the most
likely is Phaneuf" said Muddy Capone, "After that everyone expected to
go, has already went." Their may be a few big names traded, that
may help GM's with the final two Waivers, with GM Charlie in Phoenix who
has Stamkos and then GM Marcel in Montreal who has Crosby. Both
GM's have work to do, and points to give. If these Waiver become
available, it is a good chance the GM's get a decent package of high
picks. "Why battle your points away to the Minors when you can get
an uncontested pick" said Capone, "Well, at the expense of Draft Picks
of course." Should be a fun day for the NHLP.
"We Believe in Boston"
GM Jr said that Dallas had no significant offers but they are very happy
to add Smith and Lucic. "We believe in Boston" said GM Jr in an
email to the league, "I think the Bruins are a much better team than
they have been playing." Dallas also made out like bandits with
Fleischmann just traded to Anaheim where he is certainly on a powerful
playoff team. Dallas is 10 points out, 12 out of third and now
have more assets to grab a playoff spot in the South.
Dallas Says - Take Your Pick
GM Jr has stated the Waiver and or everyone in Dallas may be had.
Pacioretty, Strome and Richards are high end players, one of which will
likely move if Dallas uses the Waiver. The Waiver is valuable with
the number of NHL players moving to new teams and potential playoff
teams like Minnesota sitting with top players available.
"We Got No Deal"
Rumor is GM's Vinnie and Matt negotiated very hard but in the end GM
Matt said "We just could not get it done", opting instead for Quebec to
make a 3-3. Dropped were Vrbata, Soderberg and Parenteau for
Pominville, Winnik and Winnik. For GM Vinnie it capped a bad few
days, leaving only the Trade Deadline to drop Kane Penalty Free, or
taking a hit on moving him with one of the final 3 Waivers. As a
Contract 5, Kane starts at a minus 8 points and drops a point for each
game missed for the Waivers and of course, all injuries do not apply to
the Minors at a meeting, also known as the "Stop the fucking car" rule.
Meeting To Be Called Saturday 6 PM
(UPDATE: Everyone has weighed in and it is coming down to
preferred dates, or a Friday. Not everyone has weighed in on the
Fridays. So if you haven't voiced a preferred date, get one in and
get your Friday schedules in. Meeting called at 6 PM Saturday, the
Schedule will be made live.)
Yandle Vancouver Bound?
YUP! The Los Angeles Kings (Andrew) traded Yandle to Vancouver (Joel) for
Perron. GM Andrew firmly believed Yandle would get traded, but now maybe
not so much? "The timing is very interesting" said Muddy Capone, "Because
we are only four days until the NHL Trading Deadline." Andrew is never one
to put all his eggs in one basket, but it worked well with Bickell two years
ago, but on his Cup winning team the name Perron also appears, a player GM
Andrew really likes.
Meeting To Be Called Saturday 6 PM
This Saturday will be two weeks before the first possible meeting date for the
NHLP Trading Deadline and we have yet to hear from GM Ryan. GM Marcel is
hosting a meeting either Saturday or Sunday with starting time of 11 AM.
The meeting dates with the most YES votes will hold and if a date is tied, the
most preferred dates. If you have NOT attached a preferred date to your
dates, send one in. Any GM not submitted their dates (including the Friday
dates just sent out) are a Maybe for all dates. It is only fair for
everyone, so guys can try and make it, if we set a hard date by Saturday.
Halifax Add Pen
GM Shawn made a minor move with GM Matt, adding Comeau in Halifax in a deal with
the Icemen who received Krug and points.
Player Tracking - Matching NHL Trades
If you notice something wrong, let me know. I moved Sekac and Tlusty, not
sure if I am missing any that are on NHLP rosters.
Worse Case Scenerio
First reports would have served GM Vinnie much better than the reality
of the situation. Kane appears to be gone about 3 months, meaning
he would only be good for the NHL's Conference Finals at best, if
Chicago got that far. "It is a killer injury" said GM Andrew, one
of a number of NHLP GM's weighing in. "It gives you a sick
feeling" said GM Joel who experienced losing his top player just last
season with Stamkos. Once this type of injury occurs, you can
never replace this top player with equal value even if replaced.
Joel replaced Stamkos with Kadri, hardly a replacement, and no player
one for one can replace Kane's 64, as it leads the league. A
multiplayer deal will now certainly have to be made by Atlantic City,
but time is running out to get that done, with only 4 Waivers to go
before the Deadline meeting. "This same thing can happen to any
one of us" said GM Scott who lost Kane, Toews and Duchene within the
month before the playoffs started last season, with Duchene actually
lost during the NHLP Trading Deadline. "The meeting starts at 11
AM at GM Shawn's and at 2 PM GM Marcel shows me Duchene is gone, causing
me to have to trade Gaborik for Briere" said GM Scott, "I really made
that deal" he said, still shaking his head in disbelief. With
Scott, 2 of the 3 players returned for the first round of the playoffs,
but Vinnie won't be that lucky with Kane. A full season is a lot
of work to have a late injury ruin a teams chances, but each team goes
through these at some point over the years. As far as the
NHL-Blackhawks, losing Kane is huge as well, as beating St Louis and
Nashville won't be easy as is. The good thing, if there is such,
is that over $6 million comes off the books and Chicago can get players
worth as much to offset the injury. An interesting note is if they
grabbed $6 million in replacement(s) players, the hard cap does not
exist in the playoffs, so Kane could join the players pickup up if
Chicago won the first two rounds. In fact, Kane could join these
players if he played the first game of the playoffs, a loop hole I'd
somehow work into my team building if I were a GM in the NHL. One
more side note is starting to slowly develop. With the current NHL
playoff format, the Wild Card team plays the first two rounds in the
Division they start the playoffs in. So, if the Hawks fade a
little and either Winnipeg or Minnesota catches Chicago, the Hawks would
play the first two rounds in the Pacific, adding a completely unexpected
Minny Run On
GM Joel took the 5 point hit dropping MacArthur after adding him and the
Waiver from Atlantic City (Vinnie), but the GM said it was worth it.
"Grabbing Lee and Pominville is a nice addition" said Joel who also
added some excitement to the NHL Trade Deadline by adding Glencross.
Gone with MacArthur were Wheeler and Hamilton, players off two teams
that are very much on the cusp. The NHLP rides the NHL playoff
races wave and with the Kings and Wild heading in the right direction,
those players, and top players they are, won't be in the NHLP Minors
long. "We just saw a run on the Jets" stated Muddy Capone, "Now
with 38 players on rosters from the Sharks, Jets, Flames and Bruins,
those GM's are trying to figure out if those teams are playoff teams or
not." Undoubtedly some of those players are Minors-bound, meaning
the Minors has to somehow come good for those players, making for
interesting decisions in the coming weeks ahead.
Kane's Injury Over-Shadows Waiver
The Atlantic City Gamblers (Vinnie) traded the Waiver and MacArthur,
unloading their injured player for Fowler, but there seems a bigger
injury on the horizon. Kane, the NHLP's 5th over-all pick this
past Draft is reportedly out from 4 to 10 weeks. These are very
early reports, stating the injury is a broken collarbone which seems
logical the way he fell shoulder first into the
boards. The Gamblers are only 9 points up on a playoff spot, tied
with Carolina who they gave the Waiver and being chased by Philadelphia
who has 5 Blackhawks, some of which may now see more powerplay time in
Kane's absence. It isn't good no matter how you look at it for GM
Vinnie, but this might lead to Kane being available to a team that can
hold onto him, if the numbers can be made to work for a player already
with 64 points. If he is back in 6 weeks, he will play game one of
the playoffs, but 10 weeks means not until the NHL Semi-Finals, meaning
Chicago would have to first get by St Louis and maybe Nashville without
Kane. Kane missed the end of last season in this same fashion and
Chicago seemingly just rested him until the playoffs. Is this the
same kind of thing, gamesmanship, and they already know Kane will return
for the playoffs? Likely truly too early to know for sure, even on
their part. How this all unfolds will certainly play a huge part
in the East Divisional playoff race and possibly the NHLP playoffs, if
Kane gets traded in what would be a HUGE blockbuster.
GM Jr's Year More Miserable
It might be an NHLP first. Calgary now has a roster with 6 injured
players, and although we recall teams having 5, we can't recall a team
with 6 injured players at one time. Making matters suck a little
more, Dallas got the news Krejci will be out anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks,
meaning late March to around the start of the playoffs with 7 weeks
remaining in the NHL schedule. Dallas is 11 points out in the
South. As far as Calgary GM Jr will be holding his breath tonight
as their last healthy player, Neal plays. "I don't know why we
think it is very possible Neal suffers an injury tonight" said Muddy
Capone, "It just seems the way things have gone in
Calgary over the past twenty-five seasons." ---
Team Reporters on Standby
That is right. The NHL Trading Deadline is one week away and only
five more Waivers before there is nothing left but the NHLP Trading
Deadline. The Tampa Bay Lightning have only 20 games remaining,
seriously hammering home the end is near. This is the time of
season the NHLP Yearbook lights up with emails of teams plans, so send
them in. Team reporters are ears open, looking to join new-comer
Clearwater Jones (no relation to Indiana Jones), and
league legends Reginal Cherry (no relation to Donald S. Cherry)
and Muddy Capone (very much related to Al). Seldom heard from is
Muddy Capone's longtime assistant at the NHLP Headoffice, Bonnie Anne
Clyde (named after her Grandpa Bugsy, who was a Pit Boss at the Flamingo
for years - long story). So who exactly are the team reporters?
GM Andrew's Teams:
Chicago - Hy Marx
Los Angeles - Holly Wood
Hartford - Buster Cherry (Reginal's Son)
Pittsburgh - Eric Shinn
Toronto - Roc Bottom
Colorado - Willie B. Hardigan
Buffalo - Celia Feight
Vancouver - Royal Payne
Carolina - Clearwater Jones (took over after Jack Hass retired)
Memphis - Ben Dover
Calgary - B.A. Ware
Dallas - Rusty Steele
Florida - R. Slicker
Alaska - Anita Newholmes
Montreal - Jos Bleau
Indianapolis - Howie Cummings
Quebec - Joe King
Cincinnati - Mick Stupp
Green Bay - Willy Fisterbottom (took over after Will Power retired)
Boston - Tess Steckle
NY Islanders - Phil Updegrave
Philadelphia - Kent C. Strait
Edmonton - Ty Coon
San Fran - Craven Moorehead
Halifax - I.D. Clair (Hydee goes by her middle intials)
New Orleans - Flat Liner (took over for Katrina Flood)
Seattle - Terry Bull (Relocated from Ottawa)
St Louis - Garren Teed
Hamilton - Kenya Kill Jr.
Cleveland - Jack Potts
Atlantic City - Marshall Arts
Portland - Sharon Weed
Las Vegas - Winsom Cash
If your franchise is ready to move on, as your team reporter is no
longer doing their job, let us know who should be reporting your teams
Pittsburgh Adds Tatar
GM Chad has been doing it all year long. Little moves (literally
Little moves) here and there, adding pieces while other GM's seemingly
just do little. With Indianapolis willing to take anything for a
stud like Tatar, GM Chad jumped in, knowing a great valued player when
he sees on. Tatar was added for Little for just a mere five
points. Then maybe shockingly, the Icemen never dropped Little,
keeping him on the roster and making a four for four. Dropped were
Johansen, Perreault, Lucic and Fehr for Voracek, Lee, Stafford and
Comeau. "GM's do surprising things when they have the Waiver and a
big part of building you winning team, as GM Chad has clearly grasp, is
adding the smaller pieces when they are available" stated Muddy Capone.
The Icemen now have a Flyer, King and three Jets, all potential penalty
combination or just maybe 5 playoff players.
Icemen GM - "Everything Goes"
GM Matt understands today he can make a huge uncontested pick. "I
can't say enough about my Kings" said the GM "Even though I may have five
Wild players at days end." It is true, it can go many ways today,
but first things first in Indianapolis. Tatar, one of the top
young players in the league, on one of the top teams, is for sale, as is
almost the entire roster. On a side note Matt was "Raving" about
the new NHL.com statistics. "I knew Lee was on fire, but now I can
see the hottest players in the NHL over the past 10 days" said Matt who
loves advanced statistics as much as anyone, his favorite still the
PP60M. The NHL has released their first of a four phase operation
to bring the numbers behind the game to the fantasy hockey lover in a
way even a guy like Matt could eventually use to win a Championship.
"I will be putting those numbers to good use today" said the GM, "And
don't worry Capone, I am going to win this thing, just watch and see."
Well, lets be honest. Having the heart and desire are truly two of
the qualities it takes and clearly the NHLP Transaction leader has those
Indianapolis Reacts to Perreault Injury
After being dealt a huge loss GM Matt grabbed the New Orleans (Shawn)
Waiver on Saturday and plans to make a quick move. The Wolverines
added a surer thing in Nelson for Lucic and the Waiver, one New Orleans
really had no use for other than what they did. The Icemen have
fallen fast, quickly 15 points out in the West Division and will have to
take a full 5 point penalty to drop Perreault who is a Contract 1,
missing just one game heading into Saturday's Waiver (so worth 31 in a
drop). Perreault was one of the hottest players in the entire NHL
but should not return to about the playoffs, making him maybe a bargain
for a GM who can hold onto him over the coming 7 weeks. There is a
good chance Matt goes all out and Tatar, Lucic and Williams, among
others are moved in the next 36 hours.
Race's Are On
Things are getting tense in the NHLP. Player Tracking shows there
are 17 Bruins on NHLP Team Rosters, and just one Florida Panther player.
Although Boston would have the ROW (NHL first tie-breaker) Florida is
only 2 points behind Boston at even games with 26 to play. Games
like the Bruins playing Edmonton tonight must be turned into sure
points. The Flyers are only 6 points behind Boston, but blew a
game to Columbus last night or they would be 4 out. There is not
one Flyers player on any NHLP team. In the West ten players from
Los Angeles are still on NHLP teams and now as one of the NHL's hottest
teams with 5 wins in a row, the Kings are only 2 points behind San Jose,
with three games at hand. The Kings won it all from the 8th seed
just three seasons ago, so you never know if they can just make it in.
While the Kings are going up, 11 NHLP players are Sharks including Elite
players Couture, Marleau, Thornton and Pavelski. The actual
hottest team in the entire NHL has only 1 NHLP player, Parise of
Colorado (Chad) who's Minnesota Wild are 8-1-1 over their last 10 games
and are 3 points behind San Jose with 3 games at hand. Vancouver
(6 players) and Calgary (2) are currently both in the NHL playoffs but
only a single point ahead of San Jose, even though they have three and
two games respectively on the Sharks. Things are tense and a lot
of NHLP players hang in the balance whether or not their names will be
on the board to the Minors at the Deadline or even sooner.
5 Injured Players - Doesn't Matter
The Calgary Flames (Jr & Scottie) are 81 points out of a playoff spot
and likely the lone NHLP team that likely somehow can't get in.
Making things even more difficult is the current 5 injured players in
the lineup. This team has some very desirable players and could
easily get 20 points for Shattenkirk alone, but no GM in league history
has came back from this far down and we won't see it happen this year
either. GM Tyson is 47 out in St Louis and is praying hard the
Kings keep winning, meaning more and more points for Kopitar in a trade
with each Kings win. With Keith maybe worth as many as 20 points
when GMs are left with no where else to throw them, the Blues may be
able to get close enough that a late push could give them hope.
Tyson passed on a points grab with his Waiver last week, on a night when
he could have grabbed Lee twice and 10 to 12 points. Lee's next
game he got 4 points, meaning that could have been 8 for St Louis who
could have easily cut their deficit in half without any points from
Keith. For teams well out this time of season a big points gain in
an unwanted Waiver is never a bad idea.
West's Injuries Long Term
Three other teams besides Calgary (Jr & Scottie) from the West have been
hit hard with injuries and likely worse. It doesn't matter that
Calgary's entire roster is on the injury list as at 82 points from a
playoff spot not even an out of control motorcycle can save them.
However, serious injuries to Vatanan and
Perreault will play an important role from here on out. Fifth
place Indianapolis (Matt) has lost Perreault for the season, already 8
points out of the final playoff spot. Green Bay (Ryan) right in
front lost Vatanen as did top dog Portland (Vinnie). Although
Vatanen has a serious injury, he will likely be back just in time to
play a few games before the playoffs. Portland does have 28 points
to work with but with Vatanen a zero the rest of the way, trading Benn
and maybe Soderberg just got a little more difficult. "From here
on out, even a month long injury really messes with teams" stated Muddy
Capone, "And having a player miss the first round of the playoffs, if
things are that close, can kill any team any season."
Weak Waivers Week
On the heals of a burnt Waiver, GM Tyson opts to make a seemingly weak
move for a team 45 points out of the playoffs. "St Louis was fully
aware they could pick for Pearson on Sunday" said Muddy Capone a little
baffled why the Waiver would be used in a one for one to make a move
they could have done anyhow. The Blues dropped Pearson for
Karlsson. The Blues have by far the worst scoring team in the NHLP
and are 45 points back. Making a serious move was there for the
taking. "The Waiver could have easily been a gain of 10 to 15
points in itself" said Capone, "And another 15 in trades, the team could
be right back in it." There are six Waivers left as the NHLP takes
a full week off before New Orleans (Shawn) picks on the 21st. The
NHL Trading Deadline sits 16 days out and the season ends in less than
Keith Needs a Good Home - Bidding War Begins
GM Tyson said although it isn't a fire sale, "We need points and it is
time to move assets." At 40 points back Tyson believes his time is
now and with Keith, a 30 minutes per game power play specialist on a
team that may be a Cup favorite, a huge deal awaits Keith. "Come
playoffs these are guys that win Championships" as proven just last
season in San Fran with Keith and Doughty twice on the winning team.
A bidding war should surely ensue and the Blues will need every point to
scrap and claw from the depths to challenge for a playoff spot in the
Memphis Eat Waiver
GM Jr could have used the Waiver to move Elias but stated "I like the
team". Instead of getting something instead of nothing the GM
chose to eat the Waiver, a first for this NHLP season. Jr admitted
he maybe should have used it but has been extremely busy and travelling.
GM Matt Knew It Was Coming
"Can you believe they are going to make this information available to
everyone" said GM Matt to Muddy Capone. What Matt is referring to
is the NHL's decision to officially adopt advanced statistics on the
nhl.com website starting February 20th. GM Matt may be one of the
most statistical of any NHLP GMs often referring to the advanced
statistics such as the Corsi, Fenwick, Points Per 60 Minutes (PP60) and
Minute Distribution Charts (MD). "I am no longer going to have
this advantage over other GMs when trading" said the GM who figures less
than half the GMs are using advanced stats now to determine if making
the deal makes sense. That may be true, but as Capone points out,
"The information is already available, so just because it will be more
available doesn't mean GMs will start using these stats." Matt
hopes Capone is right, but it is official for certain. The NHL has
officially adapted these powerful statistics and will start publishing
them on their website for the first time on the 20th.
Bickell To Nords Completes Deals
GM Matt did quite well with the Waiver, moving the Nordiques into a
playoff position over the weekend. After dropping McDonagh for
Palmieri the Nords traded Palmieri to Buffalo (Joel) for Bickell.
"It was a great move for us" said Matt, "We needed the points and added
points and a playoff player."
Quebec Trades for Waiver With Conditions
GM Matt knows what is required and what he must do with the Waiver
Quebec acquired for Saturday, but the GM admitted maybe he can do more.
Edmonton (Scott) traded the Waiver with Vrbata and McDonagh to the
Nordiques for Drouin and Backlund. The deal has a condition that
Quebec must pick up Palmieri and send him to Buffalo (Joel) for Bickell.
"This is a big move, some guaranteed 19 points for our 6th and 7th
players" said Matt who now said although he can simply drop McDonagh for
Palmieri and make the 4 point gain from Buffalo, maybe more can be done
in trading Lehtera or Parenteau to a team that can hold onto the star
players. GM Scott said that replacing Kunitz and McDonagh with
Drouin and Backlund goes against any logic he knows and isn't something
11 other GM's would do. "We can thank god things don't have to
make sense anymore" said the GM, "The only thing that matter is the
FTIMU says this was a good deal. You don't have to think anymore,
just be able to input everything you know and let analytics make you a
better team." The GM stated the number one option was grabbing
Backlund from Dallas (Jr) but Dallas would not move Krejci, meaning the
next best the Oil could do was Backlund and Drouin.
Kunitz Added With Malkin and Hornqvist
GM Joel has quite the Penguins built team in Buffalo adding Kunitz to
Malkin and Hornqvist. The Sabres sent the Waiver to Edmonton
(Scott) with Vrbata in a deal with a player to be named later. To
complete the deal Oil GM Scott has agreed to pick up Palmieri as part of
his Waiver pick on Saturday, sending him to Buffalo for Bickell.
GM Joel did well adding Crosby's winger and a Duck while GM Scott admits
it is totally about nothing more than first round scoring. "We
already have the distance players and Kunitz and McDonagh are top
playoff performers" the GM stated, "But I think we can be a higher first
round scoring team and that is what the goal of this pick is all about."
Scott said Vrbata and McDonagh will be shopped likely for nothing more
than picks as points aren't needed with what the GM has planned.
37 Under 30
It is getting to be crunch time in the NHLP.
All the Waivers are on the board below, only 9 left in the NHLP season
but currently 37 NHLP players are sitting on NHL non-playoff teams.
"As always there is a lot of team building yet to do" said Muddy Capone.
Making things more tense, the Winnipeg Jets became the first NHL team to
officially have under 30 games to play. Games start to fly by now,
soon 25, 20 and suddenly, gaining a few points becomes almost
impossible. Games become magnified. The defending NHL Cup
Champions in Los Angeles are 5 points out, with a game at hand and 4
teams in front of them to catch if they hope to be in the playoffs.
With only 32 games to play for the Kings, the real count down is on.
Teams can no longer afford to not grab every possible point. For
NHLP teams, if decisions haven't been made yet, GMs are running out of
time. With 37 non-playoff players there will surely be a battle
for any remaining in the Minors, only intensifying come the meeting.
The talk should start to heat up, but only 9 Waivers, and one huge
meeting, stand between GM's setting their teams and the NHLP playoffs
where we will have our 25th Champion.
Penguins Jet to Island
GM Chad just didn't like what he saw. "I don't like it when my
players break curfew" stated Chad, acting quickly in making a change in
Pittsburgh. Chad grabbed the Waiver from Alaska (Marcel) for 25
spots in the 7th Round and quickly dropped four of his teams Jets,
Byfuglien, Perreault, Kane and Enstrom. Kane was rumored to have
maybe missed a curfew, leading to his healthy scratch last night but
Chad is known to run a tight ship. Added were Islanders Nielsen,
Boychuk and Bailey along with Maroon from Anaheim. The Jets were
one of the hottest teams in the NHL so the move comes as a bit of a
shock just weeks after being the first GM to jump on the Jets.
With the Jets looking like a playoff team one would have though Chad
could have unloaded those players, like Perreault, inside the league.
Seems the GM made a snap decision and with the Islanders as strong as
they are, maybe a better option than four Jets.
Berglund Not Ideal For Waiver
GM Marcel has stated he'd prefer to swap Waivers because the injury to
Berglund has made it a bad time to pick. "If I don't swap the
Waiver, I'll likely trade it" said Marcel who is also open to a deal.
"We have points there and if someone sees something that makes sense,
maybe a deal can get done with the Waiver" added Marcel
Seattle Makes Pricey Decision
Some GM's just continuously get fined by the NHLP
Head Office and GM Shawn leads that charge year after year. When
asked if he thought the fine was fair GM Shawn stated, "I won't comment
so I don't get fined." OK, well what was your Waiver? "I
won't comment so I don't get fined" he stated. When asked who did
you drop in your Waiver though, "I won't comment so I don't get fined"
was all we got repeated for five straight minutes. We do know
however, from an email, Seattle dropped JVR, Smith and Cogliano in an
82-82 for Seguin, Bailey and Bouwmeester. It could always be worse
however, like Seattle losing today in the Super Bowl, right Shawn?
"That won't happen" he replied.
Seattle - Atlantic City GM's Late Night
GM Shawn was in celebration mode on the eve of Seattle's second straight
Super Bowl appearance, out with GM Vinnie to the wee-wee, very fucking
wee hours of the morning. "I might be taking a fine on this one"
said GM Shawn in his last recorded communications with the leagues head
office, well, well, well after 4 AM in the morning. In acquiring
the Waiver Seattle traded Kesler to the Gamblers for van Riemsdyk.
"Hopefully I get an offer for Smith" said Shawn, but I don't think
anyone knows I even have the Waiver." Well, not many GM's are
awake at 4:56 AM either. We'll see how it pans out but all
indications are GM Shawn may be paying a little extra for sleeping in
Gamblers Taking Offers For Waiver
GM Vinnie has decided he will trade this one and set his team with the
teams Waiver in three weeks. "I don't like doing a lot Super Bowl
Weekend" said the GM who has the luxury of another Waiver and a hell of
a lot of points if he decides to trade the Waiver and points. The
Gamblers could move the Waiver with van Riemsdyk and MacArthur, a total
of 68 points. Doughty could also be in the mix. The team has
NHL superstar Kane to built around and Shattenkirk is as good a d-man as
in the league. "I could pull the trigger at any time" said Vinnie,
"I don't think teams well out can continue to wait as the Waivers are
running out and the meetings never go as planned." So clearly with
GM Vinnie in this kind of trading move, we expect more than just a
football game to play out this weekend.
Qvist For Quist
GM Ryan lost 5 points in the injury penalty for
Wingels in his Waiver but got it back in a trade with Colorado (Chad).
Ryan's Islanders first dropped both MacKinnon and Wingels for Green and
Silfverberg with the Waiver prior to the trade. Ryan then added 7
points in a one for one sending Hornqvist to Colorado for Nyquist.
"I am not real sure we go much better" added Ryan who also picked up a
first and second round pick from the Avs. The Islanders are closer
now to a playoff spot with further work to be done to overcome the
current 18 point deficit behind fourth. "I grabbed seven points
and a top seeded asset in Nyquist, who can move me up further" said Ryan
knowing all Wings are in demand with their strong play. As for GM
Chad he was very pleased with the deal. "I have been chasing a
second Penguin to go along with Letang who may just be the most exciting
defensemen in the league right now" the GM stated. It is hard to
argue as Letang is putting up a steady streak of numbers including a 5
point game this week and 14 so far in the month of January, the NHL's
fifth best total, with tonight still to go. While the Islanders
will continue to look for more points the Avs are looking to keep
improving, still with 34 points to work with and Parise still looking to
find a good home outside Colorado.
Yandle Worth Risk?
The Los Angeles King GM did state a major house cleaning was coming and
only Palat remained after a huge 6 for 6. GM Andrew said it was
time, "To deal with the Seguin issue once and for all", worried his
Elite player may not be a playoff player and thought the Yandle rumors
were more a realistic hope. Yandle was added twice along with
playoff players Markov, Markov, Scheifele and Kreider while Seguin was
joined by Bozak, Iginla, Huberdeau, Erhoff and Bolland in the 162 for
162. "If Yandle doesn't go it will be disappointing" the GM said
about the Coyote with just one year remaining before being an UFA and
only at $5.7 million next season. It would seem he would be
coveted by every single GM in the NHL, knowing even as a rental next
year he can still be a blockbuster at the Deadline. The kind of
team to get him, likely can use him this season and next for long
playoff runs and actually get him established where he might fall in
love and want to remain. The lone problem is he won't be cheap and
some team is going to have to really pony up, likely a roster player,
very top prospect and at least a first round pick. Seems
reasonable for a defenseman who will anchor the power play and play 30
minutes a game through the playoffs and season. It doesn't seem
the question of if he goes, just when. This season, this summer or
next Deadline? Andrew is hoping now it is before March 2nd.
Canes - Avs Suffer Blow
It could be the biggest injury of the NHLP season to date, Okposo going
down for "up to two months". GM Chad in Colorado would seem to
have a bit more wiggle room, comfortably 44 points up on 5th in the
Pacific while GM Joel in Carolina is 19 up on 5th. This is the
type of injury, a point per game producer on the top seeded team in the
Conference, that you really struggle with what to do. "These teams
are in a place where they will likely keep him and make the call at the
NHLP Trading Deadline what to do with him then" stated Muddy Capone.
It may be difficult at that time to keep Okposo unless the GM has a
comfortable 10 points or so in the bank leaving the meeting if you know
Okposo might just appear for a few games before the playoffs and if you
don't hear of any setbacks. As is two months would be late March,
about two weeks to go in the NHL season and likely a week after the NHLP
Trading Deadline. Even falling out isn't a worry for either GM as
if indications are Okposo is on schedule, he would be worth a huge
amount in a trade, playing on one of the top NHL lines. It is a
huge blow, but thankfully these two NHLP teams are in a good position,
not already 15 points out where it might of been a doom case scenerio.
Second Half Attack Planned
GM Marcel starts off what many fans consider the start of the second
half, even with teams nearing 50 games played. "The roof drops in
a hurry now" said Muddy Capone, "Once you hit 30, 29, 28 games
remaining, there just runs out of time to gain ground on a playoff
spot." The Attack do have a full 7 playoff players but there is
always room for improvement and in Alaska's case, 10 full points over
5th to work with. The Alaska GM said there is a plan to use the
Waiver but he won't be trading it for draft picks alone. "The
Waiver can make any team better" said Marcel, "So if someone can make
Alaska better in a trade for it, they can then set themselves up with
the Waiver." So it looks like Marcel is trying to make a hockey
deal and he has attractive returns on his team to do so.
Avalanche Smoothers Pacific
GM Chad already holds the NHLP record for the biggest week by a GM at 83
on three team week totals of 30-30-23. Although this week was a
little inflated thanks to a Waiver in Pittsburgh, Chad was still able to
hit 71 points on a week of 30-26-15. Colorado's 30 was a true 30,
no Waiver involved and becomes the first 30 point week of the NHLP
season and first since Vancouver's (Joel) 33 in March of 2013. So
far this season Hamilton (Tyson) got recognized
for a 12 point night and GM Shawn for his amazing 27 point night among
his three teams. The Avs have just been smoking hot and are now
atop the Pacific Division with 25 more points to work with. The 30
point week came with 6 from both Letang and Okposo, 5 from Nygvist while
Fisher and Neal had 4 each. High scorers Parise had 3 and Oshie
had 2, leaving the potential room for a much bigger week had those two
been above normal and as is was only 7 shy of Halifax' (Shawn) NHLP
record of 37. Chad has been phenomenal as of late says Muddy
Capone. "He is simply out performing other GM's in the league with
an endless run of solid trades" said the 25 year league analyst.
Chad who started slow in the 'Transaction department' now has made 17,
only three behind league leader GM Matt who has 20 on the season.
"There has been a plan for everything I have done" Chad stated a few
weeks back adding, "I am thinking three moves ahead this season."
Maybe other GM's should just start thinking about watching Chad a little
closer as several of them could use his management skills as Chad
continues to build some solid teams.
The 8th Seed Dropout
For the third season the NHLP is running with their strictest ever
playoff player rule. You either have them or you don't. The
rule simply means to make the NHLP playoffs, you likely must have 6 NHL
playoff players on your roster or you will likely penalty out.
What we have not seen the first two years with this rule, is a team miss
the NHLP playoffs by way of a penalty because an NHL team misses the
playoffs in their final game. "It is certain to happen and as
heart breaking for fans of that NHL team, it will be for an NHLP GM"
stated Muddy Capone about the heartache that would ensue. The rule
does make it tough to take a chance at the NHLP Deadline on the 8th
seeded NHL teams. "It is a risk associated with building a team
and the GM's willing to do it face great reward or potentially great
disappointment" added Capone. If you look at today's NHL
standings, the two 8th seeded teams are the teams that made the NHL
Finals just last season, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
If that stays as is and we are now at the NHLP Trading Deadline, knowing
how good of playoff teams those teams are, do you leave the meeting with
two on your roster? "This is what makes being a GM so much fun"
said GM Scott, "Well, substitute fun with anything, like so much of a
nightmare." Clearly building teams around the 8th seeded teams can
work for you, as three seasons ago the Kings went on to win the Cup from
the 8th seed, but it will always now run that risk. If after the
NHLP Deadline that 8th seeded team tanks to finish 1-6-1 and that 9th
place team goes 7-2 down the stretch, we will see some GM's facing
something they didn't anticipate coming. Although we think of this
happening to the 8th seeded team at the NHLP Deadline, it can be the 7th
or 6th seeded team just as easy. The bigger the collapse the more
madness it will create with the NHLP Standings and maybe an NHLP Cup
favorite is instead booking tee times. "I think any GM should
always anticipate heartache prior to the drop of the puck for any game"
said Capone, "Every NHL player, superstars included, are one simple hit
away from not playing again this season, playoffs or not."
Here is a Reminder of the NHLP
They Went Quick
GM Shawn wasted little time making the Waiver
pick in Halifax, adding two more Jets, making nine Jets players that
have been picked up the last three Waivers. "The Chicago
Blackhawks have six loses at home this year" said Muddy Capone, "The
Winnipeg Jets beat them in Chicago all three times they played them this
season." Adding Ladd, Byfuglien and Stralman GM Shawn was clearly
happy even though they did lose Perreault earlier in the day.
"I'll take the two for one with another Bolt" said the GM. Gone
were Kessel, Simmons and Moulson. The Destroyers are in 4th in the
East and have what appears a very solid team with all moveable assets.
Halifax at one point was so far back it looked like a bleak year ahead.
"It was a lot of work, but we are now finally heading in the right
direction" said Shawn. This is the king of thing a GM can do with
a team almost 30 points back. The trades were all solid, adding
assets along the way. Although the team traded Sharp and Hedman
already, here is a team with Tarasenko, Subban, Ladd, Byfuglien, Krug,
Stralman and Fisher. If that isn't GM of the year talk we aren't
sure what is? They are now well on their way to a potential solid
second half and the NHLP playoffs.
Perreault & Kessel Traded
GM's Shawn and Matt made a two for two with Kessel and Fisher going to
Halifax, who has the Waiver tonight, and the potentially injured
Perreault and Nelson heading to Indianapolis. "We talked about the
Perreault injury" said GM Shawn, "And a compensation package will be
included if the Perreault injury is longer than anticipated."
Under NHLP rules GM's cannot deal injured players unless the other GM
knows the extent of the injury and the league runs on a full discloser
policy. When an injury is unknown it is not uncommon for
conditions to be built into a deal whereas draft picks could change
hands if the injury is longer than expected. If the GM receiving
the injured player knows he is injured and is ok with any outcome, the
league then has no say in the matter. "We just like to ensure at
the time of the deal everyone is on the same page, it is just easier
that way" stated Muddy Capone. Perreault has been likely the
hottest goal scorer in the NHL the past 30 days and the extent of a
possible injury that occurred Friday is unannounced at this time.
"With the All-Star game shutting the league down for a week, he might
hardly miss a beat" stated Capone, "But the cheap shot he did take
should not go unpunished by the NHL." Carcillo, a notorious cheap
shot artist, would be on the receiving end of that potential suspension,
a non-factor in the NHLP either way. It is unknown if Halifax is
dropping Kessel or Fisher, who both could be a good pick up for another
Canes Jump On Jets
GM Joel followed GM Chad's pick of five Jets with two of his own with
the Hurricanes Waiver. Ladd and Wheeler were added along with
Hamilton and Fowler in a four for four seeing Foligno, Pominville,
Huberdeau and Richards all now finding themselves available in the NHLP
Minors. The Jets are playing good hockey and daily continue to
prove that not only can they make the NHL playoffs, but maybe make a run
for it. "They certainly seem to have the right mix from top to
bottom including outstanding goaltending" stated Muddy Capone.
With a number of Jets having solid numbers we expect to see a few more
added before the frenzy dies down.
Carolina Trades 3rd Overall Pick
GM Vinnie likely made the right move in grabbing a huge pick when
trading the Waiver from Las Vegas to GM Joel in Carolina. "The
difference between the third and fourth overall pick, at times seems to
make a big difference" said Muddy Capone. Both GM's are having
good seasons and when you can improve the future with a Waiver because
your team is solid, that is never a bad thing. The Strip also
moved Richards from LA in the deal for Sheahan, adding a fourth Red Wing
to the roster. It seems all the Red Wings play in the North Division
but truly it is only 7 of the 15 that are in the NHLP including Datsyuk twice, Zetterberg, Franzen, Abdelkader, Kronwall and now Sheahan.
GM Joel is open to offers for moving players with his new Waiver in
It has been two years since the NHLP last had a Franchise in Winnipeg,
but GM Chad wants to change all that. Well, he has in a way.
Chad's Penguins added 5 of the NHL Jets players in a wild 5 for 5 house
cleaning. "I will be wearing white to the Trading Deadline" said
the GM in reference to his teams new slogan, "Whiteout". It has
been a while before since we have seen playoff hockey in Winnipeg, but
clearly with the season half over this seems like the year it happens
again. "All they have to do is trade for Doan and it will be
complete" Chad said, having passed over Doan with his pick. In are
Little, Byfuglien, Perreault, Kane and Enstrom, players combining for 11
points between them last night. They join Getzlaf and Gallagher
who survived the wild Waiver. GM Vinnie is now next in Las Vegas
and let the Yearbook know he is trying to trade the Waiver, so it is
available on Thursday.
Buffalo Shows Signs of Aggression
GM Joel paid a step selection of draft choices,
about 20 spots in the 4th and 6th rounds and 6 more in the 2nd in
acquiring Nyquist for Bozak. GM Chad was the winner of the two
points and the picks, points Pittsburgh can use in their coming Waiver.
"I think this is a very clear indication of how Buffalo's season will go
from here on out" stated Muddy Capone, "It seems GM Joel clearly knows
he has an opportunity to win it all and that means at all costs."
The opportunity to win an NHLP Championship is not something every GM
truly has every year, even though it can happen. Buffalo has a
realistic opportunity and Joel is clearly going for it and rightly so.
The post Winter Meeting CTR is in, representing games played making the
season over half over. There isn't a true shift in power as much
as a couple additional teams, four in total, all cracking the 2000 CTR
point barrier. Where are you sitting in the NHLP Power Rankings?
Drouin found himself in Pittsburgh (Chad) for less than 48 hours, now
traded for the Waiver so GM Chad can correct the Transaction he made in
grabbing Drouin in the first place. Chad had dropped Johansen and
Dubinsky for Belesky and Drouin causing GM Andrew to make the comment
that it was one of the worst Minors deals he had ever seen. "I
just felt he'd kill the teams scoring" said Andrew afterward. So
now adding Bonino and the Waiver GM Chad ironically gets a "do-over".
Making matters worse is if Parenteau goes to the Minors, he is a minus 4
points tonight, meaning Chad might try and trade him within the league
first. "It is a mess" said Muddy Capone.
Maata of Time
The injuries and bad news of the past couple days finally "Boyled" over
for GM Tyson. With news that Maata may be finished for the season,
having already missed the required games, Cleveland opted to move him
now, adding Dan Boyle. "What a terrible stretch" said the GM who
also lost both Toffoli and Pearson since the GM's broke from the Winter
Meeting. Tyson does have the Waiver tonight, in Hamilton, a
healthy team with 24 points to work with. Although no word from
the Hitmen on their plans, maybe a deal is waiting to be made in hopes
of improving the team, or just moving the Waiver.
Winter Meeting - 31 Transactions
For the second straight year the NHLP Winter Meeting saw 31 official
transactions, with a trade and a Waiver coming officially before the
meeting started and the Minors were open. Of the 36 NHLP teams 27
of them made at least a move during the day. The meeting was well
attended and the accompanying card game ended after 6 AM with GM Vinnie
seemingly the big winner on the night. "First for everything" said
a GM who was playing at the very end, "He'll fucking get his come the
Titan Fuck Up Waiver - Suffer Penalty
GM Scott used the Waiver to add Johansen (36),
Garrison (17), J. Staal (3) and J. Staal (3). Dropped were Koivu
(20), Ward (18) and Jenner (12-3=9) and Jenner (12-2=10). Jenner
last played December 18th, meaning he missed 7 games. He had a
Contract of a 2 and a 1, meaning GM Scott took a three point penalty on
one and two points on the other, going from a 62 to a 57 point Waiver
drop. "Obviously those fucking numbers don't add up" said Scott
who now realizes he was using J. Staal's frozen number of 2.
Place Penalty Here - Try Again
GM Scott used the Waiver to add Johansen (36),
Tlusty (15), J. Staal (3) and J. Staal (3). Dropped were Koivu
(20), Ward (18) and Jenner (12-3=9) and Jenner (12-2=10). Jenner
last played December 18th, meaning he missed 7 games. He had a
Contract of a 2 and a 1, meaning GM Scott took a three point penalty on
one and two points on the other, going from a 62 to a 57 point Waiver
drop. "When you fuck up it hurts" said GM Scott, "I really wanted
Garrison and could have taken him, but I really wanted Staal's low
scoring number incase Johansen ends up going to the minors at the
Trading Deadline." The Titan were fined for sending in the wrong
numbers. GM Scott said it is imperative you always leave outs when
you take high scoring non playoff players, "A rule I will always follow.
I think taking the best lowest scoring player is as important as the
best high scoring player in any Waiver."
San Fran Acquire Contested Waiver
GM Vinnie said 5 different GM's had sent in offers but in the end, no
one could match that of the San Fran Titan (Scott). The Titan,
loaded with draft picks, used some of that stock pile to ensure they
would have the pick ahead of the meeting. Although 6 Draft picks
traded hands it was Portland's interest in Kreider that ultimately
seemed to close the deal. Ward came back to San Fran who gave up 6
spots in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, 22 in the 5th, 4 in the 6th and 6 in the
7th over the next three seasons.
Division Rivals Swap Six
It is a monster of a deal. The
reigning NHLP Cup Champions in San Fran (Scott) shockingly traded Hossa
and Lehtera twice but brought in massive names in their own right.
The Titan add Tavares, Filppula and Kreider from Toronto (Chad) to
complete the deal of heavyweight players. All told after the
nights scoring, it is an even point deal. "This was a huge deal"
GM Chad said, "I had my finger on the trigger but left the safety on for
a long while before finally agreeing after first turning the deal down."
Scott himself said he was still a little shocked, "I am not sure what
just happened." For Chad's North Division's Maple Leafs adding
Lehtera twice means three Blues with Schwartz, a killer Blues team.
With Hossa and Stepan the team is a serious threat, building towards a
seven player second round if the stars align. The key to the deal
for Scott was adding a second Bolt with Kucherov and some serious first
round scoring in Tavares. Scott said he had been looking hard for
a deal like this, having let the league know Hossa was in play. It
appears a great deal for both teams who could very well be heading for a
playoff matchup, both being from the same Division. With a Waiver
available tonight, more trades are expected shortly.
Perfect Through 281 Games
"This isn't something new for GM Vinnie" stated Muddy Capone, "He does
this year in and year out and we still haven't put a finger on just
how." Heading into tonight's games with the Waiver in hand the
Portland Winter Hawks (Vinnie) have played 281 man-games on the season
and have yet to miss one game. Adding to the craziness of this
feat, Vinnie's other team Atlantic City has only missed two games on the
entire season. Miami (Charlie) has missed 69 and GM Jr has two
teams having missed 40 player games. "It makes a huge difference"
added Capone, "Even if Miami averaged a half a point a game out of those
69 games, that is 35 more points in the standings." If Vinnie uses
the Waiver tonight, he'd likely bring in a player who has missed a game,
but so far he has a zero, or a perfect 281 for 281, just an amazing feat
Toronto Moves Injured Versteeg
GM Chad has suddenly been a busy GM the past couple weeks. Toronto
moved Versteeg in an even point deal to Philadelphia (Scott) for
Soderberg. The deal now gives the Flyer Versteeg twice. GM
Scott said things are heating up prior to the meeting saying "I was just
turned down on a deal where I was giving points, Hossa and Lethera
twice." If that is true, things are truly heating up in the NHLP
prior to the Winter Meeting.
Portland - I'll Move It
GM Vinnie said the Waiver may be available and he is open to anything in
Portland. The Winter Hawks have 34 points to work with in the West
Division. "I'd be open to moving players as well" said the GM who
basically can do what he wants having the only NHLP team to have cracked
200 points to date. Voracek is looking like a blockbuster waiting
to happen, some 48 points that can change some teams fortune this
season. The GM asked to send him an offer.
Minors Frozen Monday
The NHLP Meeting on Saturday will be using frozen numbers from Monday.
You may freeze the minors yourself or one will be supplied at the
NHLP Meeting Set
The NHLP GM's will be gathering on Saturday, January 10th at roughly 4
PM for the 25th NHLP Winter Meeting. GM Matt is hosting his first
ever meeting and it is still possible a full 12 GM's are in attendance.
The Minors will be frozen after games completed Sunday, January 4th,
frozen for 5 days prior to the meeting. GM Ryan in Boston does
have a Waiver on the 10th, so he will have the right to make a
uncontested Waiver pick prior to the star of the meeting, or after the
meeting by noon the next day if he wishes. "You'd think there
would be some interest in that Waiver" stated Muddy Capone, "The GM with
it gets to start the day with a free uncontested pick, grabbing some of
the players all other GM's will immediately then be battling for."
Chicago Makes 5 for 5
GM Andrew dropped 107 points in a 5 for 5 with his Waiver, now having a
full team of 7 playoff players. "This is a crazy Division this
season" said the GM, "It is fun, but I have my work cut out for me in
building a team that can compete." Adding Burns, Brassard,
Kronwall, Abdelkader and Bennett along side Toews and Richards is a nice
start for the third place team. Andrew admitted that playing
either New Orleans (Shawn) or Buffalo (Joel) won't be an easy task, but
completely necessary to moving out of the South come playoff time.
"It isn't much fun having those two teams in your Division, but I always
love the challenges of the NHLP" Andrew stated in a text to Muddy
Capone, "I build so I have a chance and if I did that, what more can I
Blackhawks Trade Neal For Waiver
GM Andrew said he is ready to make a move in
Chicago, or make that another move. Trading Neal to Colorado
(Chad) for Glencross and the Waiver is a clear indication the veteran GM
will be making further moves ahead of Tuesday's Waiver. Toews may
be the only untouchable for the Hawks who aren't worried about giving
points, some 19 points up on 5th in the NHLP's South Division.
"I'd like to get something done" said the GM who has been relatively
quiet by his standards, "And with the Meeting this week, anything is
possible." The GM noted in an email to the Yearbook he could give
points and a player that another GM could then use those extra points in
a deal to the Minors this weekend or even if a GM can't make it, now
could be a good time to deal and Andrew can go to the minors if needed.
Perron Comes and Goes
After arriving in Vancouver (Joel) Perron was dealt some 5529 Kilometers
away to Florida (Marcel). "This brings up something we have never
given any thought to" said Muddy Capone, "But we have two NHLP teams
playing in Miami." Of course the Panthers play out of Sunshine,
Florida, in Metropolitan Miami while the Miami Surf (Charlie) play out
of Miami Beach. "We have never blamed GM Marcel, the 2008 NHLP
Champions in Florida from wanting to separate themselves as far as
possible from the Miami Surf, one of the poorer ran NHLP Franchises.
Who was the genius who put the
Snowman on a Hockey Stick 'surf board' riding a wave?" We really
are going to have to put more thought into this, but the bottom line
today, there was a trade and Plekanec was sent to Vancouver for Perron
who is now in Florida, somewhere.
Canucks Grab Perron Twice
To no one's surprise GM Joel mad a huge 120 point drop, a 5 for 5,
adding Perron twice. Perron was the lowest scoring player to be
added in the massive dump as the Canucks added playoff players Ladd and
Brassard along with point producer Yandle. The NHL's leading point
getter will be missed, but was a big part of the drop as Voraceks 47 was
more than Bonino, Lecavalier and Michalek combined. Johanson, who
is inching closer to a playoff spot with Columbus rounded out the next 5
Minor league players. The Nucks are in 4th place in the Pacific
with many assets to compete for a playoff stop down the stretch.
Timing Is Everything
GM Joel likely didn't have Perron high on his radar, but most certainly
will be taking him twice now with the Saturday Waiver. "His points
per game should go through the roof in Pittsburgh where he can sit on
the bench and pick up more assists" said GM Joel, clearly happy about
his fortunes. Perron had 19 points in 38 games in Edmonton, but led the
club last season with much better numbers. The Oilers do well, a
first round pick from Pittsburgh in a very loaded 2015 draft. The
Oilers are likely favorites already to win the lottery. This is a
great opportunity to start their rebuild, seeing as their former first
round rebuilding players are now league veterans with mediocre value.
The Vancouver Canucks (Joel) traded Toffoli for a
5 point gain, adding Johansen from Montreal (Marcel). "It seems a
house cleaning" said Muddy Capone. Gaborik who has 11 points in
December and has a point in each of his last 6 games, at 0.76 PPG seems
a very attractive player and very tradable at only 19 points. The
Canucks are gearing up for a major Waiver drop Saturday, so all assets
appear on the way out, meaning Bonino could also find a new home to
start 2015. With the top teams in the Pacific firmly holding onto
their points, GM Joel decided it was his time to make a move, meaning
less points the top teams can now move. St Louis (Tyson) will
certainly now become a seller sitting with a team full of assets.
"We see this all the time in the NHLP" said Capone, "The top teams in
the Pacific had a ton of points to move, and any of them could have made
better teams. If they had moved down, GM Joel and Tyson would have
likely tried to build with what they had, instead of selling off."
Teams can't wait forever to make moves and often the teams that move
first are the biggest winners.
Filppula Off Block
Possibly one of the more attractive playoff players on a NHLP
non-playoff team is no longer. GM Joel traded the much desired
Filppula, along with Stepan to Toronto (Chad) for points, a Waiver and
Picks. Vancouver (Joel) picked up Voracek and Michalek along with
the next NHLP Waiver, moving the Nucks to within 15 points of a playoff
spot. The team has a nice LA Kings mix of Toffoli and Gaborik to
build around with slow moving vehicles Lecavalier, Brown and now
Michalek clogging the highway to a playoff spot. "This is a great
move for both GM's" said Muddy Capone, "Vancouver can now really improve
their overall team while Toronto adds to an already strong playoff
team." Seeing as Joel has went this far it is not unfathomable
that Toffoli and Gaborik are now moved ahead of the Waiver.
Toronto in Trading Mood
GM Chad said he is looking to deal, use or trade
the Waiver on the 3rd. "We are in a good position" said the GM who
stated if the Waiver goes it would be his preference to move Voracek and
Michalek, some 55 points to the Minors. With rumors now
circulating that Cleveland (Tyson) has begun shopping both Hedman and
Stastny and clearly Shattenkirk has to be on the block in Calgary (Jr &
Scottie), a deal seems certain for Chadwick. "I'd really like to
add another Blue to go with Schwartz" the two-time Cup winning GM
stated. "We will now start to see movement" said Muddy Capone,
"Teams have points to move and now is a good time to grab garbage if
needed, right ahead of a meeting where you can do some tidying and leave
yourself in a better position for a late season push."
Big Deal Ahead of Waiver
GM Chad added points in a deal in Toronto that could set the team up
nicely. Playoff players Versteeg and Schwartz were added and high
scoring Voracek who can now be used in a Waiver dump with Michalek and
possibly Ehrhoff depending on the direction Chad decides to go. In
the 12 point deal Toronto "got away" from their big Rangers trio of
Nash, St Louis and Kreider, keeping only the later. Little was the
final player involved heading to Cincinnati (Matt) in a inter-Division
deal. Toronto has 18 points to work with and the January 3rd NHLP
Waiver, the first Waiver of 2015. "It will be interesting to see
if Chad's intentions are to keep or move Voracek" said Muddy Capone,
"With a low number on the roster it makes him more moveable, but with
each passing day it may be argued less may be had from the minors if the
points are kept for the Trading Deadline."
With 13 games the unofficial second half of the
NHL season starts tonight, even though teams have yet to officially
reach the 41 game market, the official half way point. Most teams
will be hitting 41 games around the NHLP Winter Meeting. The NHLP
season to date has about 4 more deals to this same date as compared with
last season. Still 20 Waivers and 2 meetings to come. GM's
Scott and Matt have led the way with double digit Transactions while
GM's Ryan, Vinnie, Charlie, Tyson and Shawn are still just watching, all
yet not reaching a 5th Transaction on the season. Portland
(Vinnie) is well in front of the NHLP in turns of points at 194 and will
likely crack 200 points tonight. GM Tyson in Cleveland will soon
be 100 points behind Portland as the low scoring Fury only have 111
points, last of the 36 team league. It should be an exciting
second half to the NHLP season as we race to crown the 25th NHLP
Montreal Gets Aggressive
GM Marcel did in fact trade Subban out of
Montreal, a highly unusual move for the Hab loving GM. After
sending what amounted to basically moving GM Andrew up 40 spots in the
7th Round in Hartford, Marcel made a four player drop. Gone were
Wheeler, Boedker, Granlund and Grabovski, a few playoff players among
the four for Burns, Sheahan, C. Smith and Sekac. "I really like
the move, and I love adding Burns" said GM Marcel who is a huge fan of
the Sharks. "The way they are playing, they might win the West
Conference" the GM added. With half the season to go and as close
to the top as they are, that could very well happen. It is unusual
to see Marcel trading a Subban type player but it is an aggressive move
that adds four playoff players on what is already a first place team.
Subban Traded - Marcel Has Waiver - Deal Veto'd?
What we do know for sure is Montreal (Marcel) has acquired the Waiver
from Hartford (Andrew) in a player deal involving picks for the Waiver
tonight. GM Marcel moved Subban in the deal, immediately drawing a
"Veto" from GM Scott. Under league rules any GM can initiate a
Veto on any deal, thus leaving it in the hands of the GM's involved in
the deal to further explain the deal if enough of the GM's question the
deal. "We haven't seen a deal official vetoed in years" said Muddy
Capone. Wheeler went to Montreal, with the Waiver, causing GM
Scott to know instantly something was wrong. "Maybe GM Marcel
slipped and fell on the ice, has a concussion" explained Scott, "I just
need to hear from him that he is OK, not in the hospital and of sound
mind. For I have never seen him trade a top Montreal player in all
the years I have been in the league, so I concerned
for him and just hope he is ok at the moment." Marcel's
Habs are in first place in the NHLP's East Division but are sitting with
85 non-playoff points from their roster if Wheeler is a non-playoff
player. Who else might be available, maybe anyone. We will
soon find out.
Everyone has responded and we have a tad of a dilemma. Do we go on
the date with 11 GM's, with 11 Yes and one no, or the following Saturday
where we have 10 yes and two maybe. If you have a preferred date
send it in and we will make a decision ASAP.
For the first time ever, the CTR has left the previous write up below
the current write up, so we can follow a teams season more accurately.
New Orleans (Shawn) and Buffalo (Joel) are the cream of the crop this
season and being Division rivals it will be a fun story watching this
season long duel unfold for who can bring down the team to beat out the
other in the playoffs. Of course we are nearing the halfway point
at 37% of the season complete, which means there is easily time to make
your team better. There is nothing like winning an NHLP
Championship and any team can win. The CTR just thinks some teams
have a much better shot. The question is, do you?
GM's Shawn and Tyson have yet to be heard from, but the NHLP Winter
Meeting hosted by GM Matt will clearly not be in December. There
are a total of 5 dates it can be with three dates still possible a full
12 GMs, depending. We will work to hammer a date as soon as
possible so arrangements can be made.
Pittsburgh Grabs Waiver - Drops Two
GM Chad made a bold trade in Pittsburgh, using his stock pile of points
and trading Pacioretty for Silfverberg in Pittsburgh. Memphis (Jr
& Scottie) picked up a dozen points in the deal which included swapping
Waivers, leaving Memphis in good shape in the seasons second half.
Chad then dropped Pominville and Couturier adding Gallagher and Nyquist.
Stars Say Everyone Available + Waiver
GM Jr has stated that they will move the Waiver and any players.
The Stars out in 5th place and have the Waiver Tuesday. Krejci at
only 10 points is a very attractive player and will likely make many
numbers work. A deal for players and the Waiver now seems likely.
Hartford Makes Waiver Available
With a pick in-between from Dallas (Jr &
Scottie), the Hartford Whalers (Andrew) are making what would be the
final Waiver before the holiday break available. The NHLP breaks
from Saturday, December 20th after Hartford picks until Saturday January
3rd when GM Chad is up in Toronto. The Dallas Stars have a pick on
Tuesday and although no official word has been released, they are likely
going to use the Waiver. "It is likely best to use a Waiver to
make an uncontested pick than to try making it at the Winter Meeting
where your points may not be enough" says Muddy Capone.
Rangers Add Two Ducks
GM Charlie used the Waiver in New York, adding
two Anaheim players with the pick. "I am very happy with them
both" Charlie stated about Silverberg and Maroon, both now in the NHLP
twice each. The Rangers who are only four points out of the final
playoff spot in Atlantic Division dropped Cammalleri and Brouwer
--- Dupuis Replaced
GM Ryan replaced one Penguin with another with
his injury pick in Boston. Dupuis often played with Crosby and
with his long term injury he had to miss 12 full games before Spaling
was able to come in as his replacement. The Bruins are still 22
points up on 5th led by Ovechkin and Karlesson.
GM Matt joined the '131 Club'. It isn't as exciting as the
"Mile-High Club", well for most GMs. "I'll take the 131, I'm
scared of heights anyways" said GM Matt after a trade and a 6 for 6 to
the minors, keeping only Kessel with the Icemen. The new club
won't be together for long as Matt hopes to blow by the other three
teams in the West all with 131 points as of today. After acquiring
the Waiver Indy sent both O'Reilly and Williams to Chicago (Andrew) for
Ryan and Jokinen who joined Jagr, Vanek, Perron and Hanzal on a one way
flight. Joining "Chubby Cheeks" was Giordano, Wingels, Tatar,
Muzzin, Scheifele and Fisher. "I think he has a round face, but I
wouldn't call him chubby" said Matt, defending his star Leafs-player who
is the only Leaf player in NHLP history with Elite Status. Of
course the NHLP didn't have Elite players when Gilmour was having his
name engraved on the NHLP Championship two years in a row with St Louis
(Norm), but GM Matt would like to change that. "I like the way
this team is shaping up" said the GM, "We will continue to go hard every
day as there is no hungrier GM in the NHLP." We were ready with
the Kessel punch line, but Matt did say 'GM'.
Indianapolis Acquires Waiver From Alaska
GM Matt announced a deal has been struck and officially Indy has the
Waiver Thursday night. "Everyone there is available" said the GM,
"Williams is a steal, a great playoff performer who has picked it up
after a really slow start." Indianapolis has fallen to 5th in the
West and has 4 non playoff players but assets Kessel, Vanek and
Williams. Matt said no one is untouchable and he is taking offers
now with hopes of getting a deal or two done as soon as possible.
Alaska received a Waiver on January 27th, two 3rd round picks and a 5th
round pick in exchange for tonight's Waiver.
Carolina Adds Scoring In Tough East
Like the NHLP's North Division the lowest scoring team in the East has
114 points. With a strong Waiver GM Joel looks to keep ahead of
the 5th and 6th placed teams. The Canes dropped 69 points in their
5 for 5 with Barrie, RNH, Ennis, Gagner and Lee all where they belong
and Nelson, Vatanen, Johansson, Sekac and Dubinsky all up from the
Minors. With Dubinsky a nice out and low number GM Joel has
arguably the highest scoring team in the Division. "The East won't
be easy all season" said Muddy Capone, "It seems those teams will go
high while other Divisions trade down to meet the 5th place teams."
Canes Grab Waiver After Deals
GM Joel swapped Waivers in a deal with Colorado (Chad), also trading
both playoff players Okposo and Nyquist. The Canes added Barrie
and Nugent-Hopkins as well as moved Vanek for Ennis in a separate deal,
all players headed to the minors in what appears a 5 for 5. Vanek
ended up in Indy (Matt). It is likely both Hudler and Okposo can
be had tonight if a GM is aggressive, especially Hudler who GM Joel can
just grab again in the Minors. "We expect more deals" said Joel.
Hudler would be a great addition for a team with a high scoring non
playoff player as Calgary continues to do well and Hudler has a point a
December Belongs to GM Charlie
Through the first ten days of December, there is no hotter NHLP GM than GM
Charlie. With a staggering 79 points and the two highest scoring teams of
the month to date it is looking like Christmas might be one of the GM's best
yet. "I wouldn't go that far" laughed Charlie, "We just drafted well and
finally guys are starting to get points." The GM has only made two moves
on the season that is nearing it's halfway point. In Miami Datsyuk and
Zetterberg are leading a team with 5 Wings and Leafs and 32 points on the month.
"I'd love to see what the CTR has to say about us know" the GM said, "Clearly we
must be at the top of the Division with this stacked team." The Yearbook
which doesn't always, or even often, agree with GM Charlie, knows he is easily
right about the CTR being wrong about his team. The Surf has the highest
scoring team in the NHLP for a team sitting with a full 7 playoff players.
With Detroit about as good as any Eastern Conference team in the NHL, the Surf
are riding the big boy waves and will easily swallow many teams if this ended
today. With guns Stamkos, D. Sedin and van Riemsdyk, Phoenix is not only
first in the Pacific with their 25 point month, but resembling a team that could
make some noise this season if the veteran GM plays his cards right. "You
don't get Stamkos on this Tampa Bay team every year" add Charlie who clearly is
high on the teams potential. Although Charlie's Rangers have been slow 'he
says', their 22 points this month is still better than 26 other NHLP teams.
GM Joel only has 6 points this month in Vancouver and GM's Ryan and Jr are tied
at 39 points for the GM with the fewest points as we near mid December.
For Charlie the points are nice as two of his three teams are North of a playoff
spot in their Divisions. If he keeps scoring at this rate that clearly
won't be the case by New Years Day.
We'd Move Oshie
The Colorado Avalanche GM has stated that Oshie and Letang may be had,
with or before the Waiver tonight. "Of course a deal for them
would have to have sensible points and picks or a Waiver" said GM Chad
who GM's the Avs to their lone Championship 14 years ago. The
Avalanche are well in a playoff spot, but do have 37 if the NHL Avs
aren't a playoff team. There should be some takers for a huge
playoff name like Oshie or Letang. Let the bidding wars begin.
Quebec Adds Maroon
GM Matt was on a scouting trip in Detroit watching Nash where he
reported his Waiver from. Quebec added Maroon and Lindstrom while
dropping E. Staal and Dubinsky. Dubinsky was called up, traded and
sent down all before every playing his first game this season and we are
certain his low number will be called again shortly. Quebec now is
in second place in the Atlantic with a full 7 playoff players and with
easily enough scoring to stay ahead of the struggling teams out of the
playoffs at the Divisions relegation line.
GM Chad said Nishushkin was just a nightmare and was counting the
seconds until he could unload him. "I think it was the earliest I
ever sent in an injury pick" said the Avs GM who finally, with Fisher,
has a point for his pick Nishuskin. The Colorado team has done
well considering we are almost a third way through the season and still
nothing but a big fat zero from the 6th Round Pick. Seeing as this
team as slow-as-mOshielasses (something like that) the GM must be very
happy to be in the playoffs by 9 points at this point of the season.
"Our seventh round pick has 18 points" said Chad of Glencross while
laughing at the entire situation. Fisher has always been a solid
player for most NHLP teams and seems to have recovered from an nasty
achilles injury. With Nashville so high in the standings, the
other Fisher's low number won't be in the minors long.
"Lied to us" said Muddy Capone about Cleveland GM Tyson. Tyson
laughed it off saying "You have to keep the Yearbook in the dark
sometimes or they have you trading your untouchables like Hedman."
That part might be true. Cleveland did in fact make a 3 for 3,
dropping their two Rangers Zuccarello and Hagelin along with the
expected Atkinson and added Penguins Comeau and Maatta along with a
second King, Brown. "With Dupuis injury, Comeau may do quite well"
said Tyson, "We couldn't pass on these guys when they were available and
I like the idea of two Pens and King over two Rangers and someone."
Cleveland is stacked and the right amount of points behind 5th that
saving this team can be real. Dropping further back could mean
losing a stud so adding any scoring here was a great move by Tyson.
"If I stay close I may be able to move other assets but keep the nucleus
together" added the two-time Champion GM.
Atkinson's Days Number
GM Tyson has at least one target, and likely only one, with his Waiver
in Cleveland that was acquired in a swap with picks for Saturday's
Waiver with Quebec (Matt). The Yearbook inquiry into available
players leads us to believe no playoff players are available, clearly
meaning Tyson has his sights set on a one for one. The Fury are
loaded this season as they attempt to win a league-tying high second
Championship with big names like Toffoli, Eriksson, Hedman and Stastny.
With two other Rangers, Zuccarello and Hagelin, there is much more
potential playoff scoring on this team than regular season scoring,
sitting worst in the South Division at 0.55 PPG which is second worse in
the entire NHLP. The team has had numerous injuries and slow
starts but with Hedman's value alone likely worth as much as any 10
point player in the league, this team is always in it with one league
wide email sent. "When you sit out of the playoffs there is only
real pressure when you have a team of nobody's" said Muddy Capone,
"Clearly that isn't the case in Cleveland this season." The Fury
are 22 points out of the playoffs.
GM Maatt Confirms Waiver May Be Had
The Quebec Nordiques are taking offers on Staal, Saad and Plekaanecs
said the GM. "I think Staal may be dealt but Saad or Plekaanecs
are solid choices" said the Nords GM. The plan is to trade and
then move Drouin and Dubinsky, or outright trade the Waiver for the best
offer that comes their way. Either way those are some class 'aa'
players being offered up.
Flames Run On
GM Charlie said he was happy to add a newcomer to the NHLP. Jooris
and Weiss are now Surf property, picked up for Neiderreiter and
Bouwmeester in an even point swap. Jooris is one of many
attractive Flames in the Minors along with the highest scoring playoff
player in the Minors, Giordano, who is down there twice at 26 points.
"Calgary is the highest scoring team in the West" Charlie added, "And
they don't allow many goals either." The Surf decision maker is
right on both accounts as not only does Calgary have more goals than any
West team, but only Tampa Bay is ahead of them in goals scored in the
entire league. "Your first thought is always the star studded
teams led by Crosby-Malkin or Kane and Toews" said Capone, "But in fact
Giordano-Hudler and Brodie are the big three for the West's powerhouse
Flames." Jooris is doing his part for a 21 year old with 8 goals,
45th overall in the NHL and 4 of those on the powerplay. When you
are 45th in a category, only one and a half guys per team are doing
better. If the Flames continue their domination it won't take long
for other NHLP GM's to follow in Charlie's footsteps and add Flames.
Alfredsson Says So Long
He was an NHLP GM's dream player when he was healthy and on his game.
Daniel Alfredsson was a favorite of many GM's and always near a point a
game player in his heyday. Winning the 2003 NHLP Championship with
San Fran, on a team that until last years Titan team, GM Scott said was
his best winning team ever. "I always loved Alfie and it was nice
to forever have that bond of winning a Cup together" said the Titan GM.
Alfredsson along with Hull and Elias accompanied three defensemen that
season for his only ring in his long Senators career. They are
already counting the days in Ottawa until Alfie's number 11 will join
the #8 of Frank Finnigan as the only two Senators to have their numbers
retired. While Finnigan had his number retired during the NHLP's
early days in 1992, Finnigan played between 1923 and 1934. The
NHLP will miss Alfredsson.
GM Vinnie jumped at the opportunity to add a Montreal player and with 15
in Player Tracking, the Depth Chart in Montreal is almost depleted.
The Gamblers added Gallagher in a deal for Neiderreiter from Miami
(Charlie), giving the Surf an extra needed point in their Waiver drop.
"Anytime you can add a playoff player, your options open up" stated
Muddy Capone. Teams trading playoff players, for or giving points,
are always more attractive when they are trading playoff players as
compared with non-playoff players.
50 on 5th
The Buffalo Sabres (Joel) have more points than they know what to do
with, again! The Sabres are now up 50 points over Dallas (Jr &
Scottie) in the South and with Malkin and Hornqvist leading the way one
has to wonder how GM Joel will be moving his points to improve and when
he will start moving them. Sitting last in the South with assets
Toffoli, Eriksson, Stastny and Hedman, GM Tyson in Cleveland is in a
chess game with Joel. "It is always a wicked game in the
standings" says Muddy Capone, "One GM will think he has 50 points to
move until a team behind trades up, altering what you can do or vice
versa." Often top point teams will come down and ease the tensions
by maxing their points before a team at the bottom decides it is time to
sell out. Once a team at the bottom does sell assets, often the
top team can't do what they once thought they easily can do. "It
is a wonderful game of cat and mouse but in the end, at the Deadline, we
see every Division meet somewhere" Capone points out. So the
question becomes who decides where that mark is going to be, the top
teams or the bottoms teams in a Division and usually all depends on who
After a week of GM Scott, finally another GM will take a crack at the
Waiver, but it might not be GM Charlie. The Miami Surf GM is
sitting with Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen and are only 16 points out
of the North's final playoff spot. "When will GM's start giving
the Red Wings love" Muddy Capone wondered? The Red Wings are a
point out of first overall in the entire NHL. No team in the
league has fewer losses than Detroit. All in all the Surf have 7
playoff players with Gallagher, Kadri and Lupul, but are being slowed by
Bouwmeester. There is enough here that Miami is not forced at all
to use the Waiver, but replacing Bouwmeester might move the team up the
standings, allowing them to hold onto their playoff players.
Charlie said he is open to talking about his players and depending on
what gets done, may use or even move the Waiver for another Waiver and a
Back to Fog Horn
GM Scott capped off a busy week, finally getting one guy high on his
list, but passing on others he wanted. "When we first went into
this pick it was a 17 point drop which turned into a 25 point drop,
totally changing the players we ended up with" said the GM who has now
made 14 transactions on the season while GM Charlie has yet to act, but
does have the next Waiver in Miami. The Oil dropped Ryan (13),
Coyle (10) and Hodgson (2), 25 points and added Josi (11), Killorn (10)
and McDonagh (4).
Sharp No Longer Destroyer
In a huge NHLP trade Halifax (Shawn) traded Sharp to Philadelphia
(Scott) for Nelson. GM Shawn expressed some bitterness that "All
GM's can see how far back Halifax is" said the GM, "I am happy to get
Nelson and a playoff player. I know I may have gotten more, but by
that time we may have had to write off our season. If more GM's
would pay attention to what is happening on other teams instead of
solely focusing on their own teams. There are 10 other GM's and it
seems only the aggressive GMs get the better players." GM Shawn
had more to say but it was clear the GM is frustrated, partially at the
amount of injuries he has suffered through in Halifax and partially at
what he sees a number of GM's asleep at the wheel. "You always
hear GM's saying, 'I'd of given you this guy' but where were they ahead
of time? I am not taking 15 points and a non playoff guy that I
have to move for one of my better players." GM Scott said he can
tell when to keep his mouth shut. "I basically told GM Shawn I'd
better any deal he could get and to through Sharp out there and see what
he is offered, but I could tell GM Shawn was in no mood to be talking to
others and he was very happy with Nelson. That was it."
Sharp should be back within a couple weeks.
Edmonton Get Pick - Ready's for Waiver
GM Scott said he had no idea he'd get any points for Plekanec, Dubinsky
and Dubinsky. "We were planning a 17 point drop" said the GM who
after dealing Burrows to Cincinnati (Matt) for Ryan and a Pick, the Oil
now find they are dropping Ryan, Coyle and Hodgson, 25 points. "It
changed what we will do. We simply can't leave 8 points on the
table, but it will help as this brings in a huge name we really didn't
think we had any part getting."
GM Scott said sometimes his emails go right over the heads of some GM's.
"I don't think too many guys got the whole Giroux thing" said the GM,
"By reaction, maybe not everyone follows the off season as we do."
This is coming from a GM who drafted a retired player! "Ya, I made
our Draft List during the Playoffs that year" laughed the GM who just
dropped Giroux (26), Giordano (24), Brassard (17), Karlsson (16),
Skinner (11) and Drouin (9), a total much higher than many NHLP teams
have points in 103. Added were Thanksgiving picks Forsberg,
Ribeiro and Nelson, as well as playoff players to accompany the lone
hold back Keith, in Versteeg, Seabrook, and Soderberg. The GM said
negotiations are in the works for a deal that can come any minute,
further making the Flyer a NHLP powerhouse. "We build strong
teams" said GM Scott, "Doing what every single other GM is trying to do
as well. We will do everything to not be a team holding onto a
high scoring non playoff player. This is the model we use.
If others have different approaches, good for them. This is our
way and we aren't changing because we hurt some GM's feelings."
There is no doubt who the most aggressive NHLP GM is, and has been for
many years. Up to his usual tricks, using his time tested strategy
in how to build his winning teams, the Philadelphia Flyer made a massive
6 for 6 Waiver drop. "You draft well" the GM explained, "Pay
attention to the quarters, be more aggressive than all others and always
leave outs when needed." When asked about the quarters GM Scott
refers to an older NHLP Yearbook article. "The American
Thanksgiving is the key to the NHL Standings" says Scott, "No more than
3 teams ever have moved in and out after that mark, so the teams in will
likely stay in and the teams out are likely out." After that comes
the NHLP Winter Meeting where the next evaluation occurs followed by the
NHL Trading Deadline where teams are set and finally the NHLP Trading
Deadline. The GM feels he is on top of his game, as good as he has
ever been. "I have been evaluating players forever, but now with
the FTIMU, having every player in a excel program where we can instantly
see all things NHLP related has changed the value of the players.
I already had everything else, but our skill level has increased and
long term we'll be better for it."
Edmonton Makes Two Deals
Edmonton (Scott) first said he was trading Saturday's Waiver, then
changed his mind and asked for a do-over. "We can build for the
future or build for this season" said GM Scott, "To me there is no
option, any year, but never say die." GM Scott said he was left
with only one hour to make the Waiver last weekend, a position that he
says he will not place other GM's in, "I am not blaming GM Shawn, for I
understand I had the Waiver Saturday night, but I never knew until an
hour before, and I clearly didn't do it as good as I should have."
Scott said usually when you make a mistake, it isn't something easily
corrected. "Not often do you have two Waivers in a short period of
time, so I am going to do it over, and get it right" said the GM.
In doing so Plekanec was traded in a two for two, with Dubinsky, adding
Coyle and Burrows from Quebec (Matt). The other deal was with
Pittsburgh (Chad), a one for one for Dubinsky, adding Hodgson.
"Today could not have went better" said the Oil GM, "Our target didn't
get a point after being kicked out of the game. Now lets hope he
doesn't get suspended."
Kucherov Joins Johnson
GM Shawn said he is "Very close to a team that can compete for the
Championship." Adding a top teams top player along with the one he
had seemed the best deal GM Shawn would get and Philadelphia (Scott) was
hesitant, but happy to oblige. "We don't move Globe-Trotterish
like players like Kucherov unless it makes our team better, and this
will" said the Flyer GM. New Orleans now has Johnson and Kucherov,
a very strong punch with the teams three Ducks including Perry and
Kesler. "When your weakest player is Backes, Lucic or Fowler,
there just aren't teams any better" stated Muddy Capone about the
Wolverines. GM Scott said that it is hard moving the 8th and 9th
overall scoring players in the league, Giroux and Giordano, "But that is
what the FTIMU allowed us to do this year, find high scoring players
that we can now thank and send on." Scott said he will give points
to move those players but expects everyone is available to be had ahead
of his 100 point dump on Friday. "Well, everyone except Keith that
is" said the GM, "Even we have our limits when it comes to players
involved in Waiver dumps."
Annual Circus Trip
Although the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks are on their annual famous 'Circus
Trip', there is a little lesser known circus, clowns and all, occurring
in Calgary. "I think the Flames are playing games with the NHLP's
Yearbook" said Muddy Capone, "Calling press conferences to announce
transactions for players that aren't even on their current roster,
mocking us for our mistake." The NHLP Yearbook made an error and
contacted the Calgary Flames co-GMs asking them if they were dropping
Chara, who mistakenly was left on the Injury Chart. Calgary traded
Chara to Vancouver (Joel) on November 8th and the Canucks subsequently
dropped Chara to the minors in a Waiver November 9th. Instead of
simply correcting the Yearbook for its oversight, the Flames went
through with announcing they dropped Chara for Palmieri. "We work
hard enough here at the NHLP offices and to be mocked by the Flames,
making us the laughing stock of the league" Capone said pausing, "Well
we aren't through with Calgary just yet, let's leave it at that."
The practical joking Flames may have done well trading Chara for Neal,
but messing with the NHLP Yearbook and their connected power within the
NHLP might make for a miserable season ahead for the already struggling
New Orleans GM - "Surprised"
GM Shawn told the NHLP Yearbook he has been a little surprised at the
lack of interest from many GM's over the Waivers. "I keep hearing
from the same GM's" said Shawn who is looking to move Friday's Waiver in
New Orleans. The GM went on to express a little frustration that
some GM's just aren't getting how valuable these Waivers are. "I'd
gladly use it, but I have an exceptional team there already, but I
always go hard after the Waivers. There comes a time when the
minors dry up and suddenly guys act surprised, like it is some sort of
shock. Like, what happened! This is a great league and this
is how it works. Each Waiver picks the minors apart and the better
GM's just get it. There is more value in a Waiver, the better the
players in the minors, meaning the first Waivers do have more value."
GM Shawn stated GMs not going hard after the Waiver cannot be surprised
with where it appears headed Friday and the rumored 6 for 6 that teams
wants to do.
Lupul's Up - Injury Page Updated
The next coming injuries in the NHLP are to McDonagh for GM Shawn and GM
Chad for Nichushkin. Both those are on the updated Injury Calander.
GM Charlie noted Lupul will be back any day, passing on the picks up to
5 points and then adding, "You don't drop top line playoff players as
injuries as a general rule." The GM makes a good point, as
guys like Sharp are worth 20 points in a late season trade, whereas the
replacement value in the minors just likely isn't there. If you
don't see your player but would like him added to the Injury Calendar,
let us know.
Edmonton Annual House Cleaning
GM Scott said he is 'More attached to winning
NHLP Championships than he is to any one player'. "It is one thing
to be attached to a Toews when Chicago is in first place" explained the
GM, "But Burns hot start gave us no reason to keep him once we lost
faith in San Jose as a team." Using Burns and Burns high numbers
the Oil GM made a huge 6 for 6, a seemingly annual event in Edmonton,
also dropping Tanguay, Ryder, Byfuglien and Nieto, most of the players
just cruising along with mediocre seasons at best. Added was the
potential rookie of the year in Forsberg along with potential playoff
players T. Johnson, Plekanec and Weber. "Dubinsky is an awesome
double out" said Scott, "His double zero gives us outs if Nashville
fades and his 50 points last season tells us when he is back in two
weeks he should help us get some scoring for a late season move."
Edmonton has next Saturday's Waiver and GM Scott said he will look to
move it by Saturday afternoon before the games start.
Hartford Plays Wire Again
Right after adding Krug this week, GM Andrew gave up the injured Tanguay
in Hartford, adding a potential high scorer Stepan from Edmonton
(Scott). "We could use the 5 points, just led us to a higher
player ranked on our want list" stated GM Scott.
Seattle Adds Playoff Player
GM Shawn added Smith in a move for Ryder and the Waiver in a move
Seattle stated accomplished their lone goal. "We had to move
Ryder, and I doubt we could have done much better then a top Bruin"
stated the GM. GM Scott said moving Smith was all part of
improving the team. "I have the Waiver next Saturday, but with San
Jose playing one game this week, I may not have been able to get the
players I wanted with them playing extra games by next Saturday" stated
the Oil GM.
Back to back Waivers on Friday and Saturday just may be available.
GM Scott is saying his is in Edmonton and with New Orleans (Shawn)
having two waivers this season and as good a team in the NHLP as their
is, indications are they may move it although no official word from GM
Shawn just yet.
Chad Lights Up Twitter
GM Chad has a major following on Twitter, often
voicing his displeasures or thoughts for his followers. "It is
great strategy as a GM to follow the other teams and GM's on Twitter"
says Muddy Capone, "You can often note something that can help you
better one of your teams." GM Chad's most recent Tweet lit up the
Tweetie Wire like the old days. Chad is in the early stages of
proposing the NHLP BOG's look into a limit on the number of players that
may be dumped in any one Waiver, keeping the Minors more stocked as the
season goes along. GM Scott said he couldn't agree with Chad more
stating, "It always baffles me that GM's continue to carry high scoring
non playoff players all season only to find a relatively dry minors
later in the season. I sure as hell am not going to leave good
playoff guys in the minors. Why, because I am a nice GM who wants
to give other guys a better chance of beating me? I am going to
scoop up every single playoff guy I can get and as soon as I can get
them." Capone said every NHLP GM is different in their thinking,
just as GM Marcel indicated this weekend when he noted, "I will take
Duchene and Landeskog from the minors" Marcel stated, "It is way to
early to be dumping high scoring Elite players." Although the
Tweets from other GM's initially were not supportive of GM Chad's idea,
it is almost a certainty we will be hearing more talk on this subject at
the next GM's meeting. Although the league went from 5 to 6 to 7
drafted players per team, so it could create more options when moving
players, GM Vinnie Tweeted he'd like to see a number of players Drafted
'having to remain on your roster all season', likely defeating the
purpose of moving to more players to begin with. "The NHLP has
became the best league in the world by the simple fact it isn't a draft
your players and lets see who has the most points after 82 games" said
Capone, "And it is likely the only pool in the world when all is said
and done, Lubos Bartecko or Dave Reid or Ville Leino or Robert Svehla
where the gems that made the difference in who won the Championship,
certainly all players names who likely were never drafted in the NHLP or
any other pick'em pool that has ever existed." We are most certain
that we haven't seen or heard the final Tweets on these two proposals.
"This is one of the great things about the NHLP" Capone added, "There
are hundreds of inner working dynamics and each and every one effects
another in ways we often can't even envision until we go there, but
thank goodness there is enough experience among the current NHLP GM's
that at least it isn't total guess work on how this damn thing actually
There is a rumor circulating that GM Shawn may take advantage of his 14
points and team full of playoff players to make a deal before Saturday.
"When you have points to give and can include the Waiver, things are
right for something big to happen" stated league analyst Muddy Capone,
"We have already seen GM Shawn make a big deal this season, so we'd not
be at all surprised to see another." Shawn is off to a great start
and Seattle has the makings of a good team already.
Landeskog 'Right Price'
Signing three players at Contracts of 1, including Elite player
Landeskog made a lot of sense for the Florida Panthers (Marcel).
The smaller market team also added Vrbata and Desharnais in a 3 for 3,
dropping Doan, Elias and Ekman-Larson. Marcel admitted Landeskog
was a bargain. "There is a lot of season to go, to see Elite
Players in the Minors" said the GM, "You can unload these guys later
when guys are begging for points." GM's Scott and Jr dumped
Elite players already with the majority of the season to be played.
"Clearly GM's have different strategies" stated Muddy Capone, "The only
strategy that ultimately matters will be the GM who can turn that Elite
player into a Cup Winning team."
Hartford Uses Waiver Wire to Add Krug
Waiver nights are very important to building championships and GM Andrew
uses these nights to help build his winning teams as well as anyone.
Andrew added Krug and Wheeler in Hartford in a 2 for 2 with GM Marcel
who needed a couple points for his Waiver in Florida and added Elias and
Doan to make that happen. GM's who are on the ball can add little
pieces, like a Krug for relatively cheap. "Even if Florida wanted
Krug again, he is in the minors" stated Muddy Capone, "But here is a top
defensemen, 10 points in 12 playoff games last season, who any GM could
have had tonight." Capone added that the Krug's of the world will
be hot commodities later, making as much as 10 points in Deadline deals,
making grabbing them for nothing even more a long term win.
Montreal Cracks 100
GM Marcel is use to high scoring teams. He seemingly hits the 100
mark first almost yearly. The Canadiens beat Portland (Vinnie) to
100, lead by both Crosby and Johansen who have 46 of the teams current
103, or 45% of the teams scoring. Ten teams are within 10 points
of the worst total, currently belonging to Dallas (Jr & Scottie) who
only have 61 points with their two top scorers on the Oilers and Voynov
on the docket. Voynov is an injury pick today by 6 PM for the
Vatanen Makes NHLP Debut
GM Ryan said he is a big fan of the 23 year old power play specialist in
Anaheim. "Someone has to be on the back end of Getzlaf and Perry
on the power play" stated Ryan in a text to the NHLP Yearbook.
With 12 of his 16 points on the power play clearly Vatanen is the big
man in Anaheim on the point, almost leading the Ducks in points, just
one back of Getzlaf. The Knights also added Williams and Doughty
in a three for three where Kronwall had to be sacraficed, along with
Ladd and low point producer Huberdeau. The Knights now have 7
playoff players and still plenty of scoring to hold down a playoff spot
in the NHLP's West Division.
Voynov was dropped today by Dallas (Jr & Scottie) in a move GM Jr called
a "Knockout". It was a big move, adding Evander "Holyfield" Kane
who will give the Stars some needed punch. Before the injury drop
the Stars were in last overall in the 36 team league. St Louis
(Iron-Mike Tyson) now finds himself in last place in the league, the
other team Kane plays for.
Bruins Dupuis Out for Season
GM Ryan had a major blow dealt to his Boston team when the news broke
Dupuis is gone for 6 months. "He was one of the movable parts the
CTR wrote about" said Muddy Capone. The Bruins who have Ovechkin
and Karlsson who may need to find a spot in the minors if they are not
playoff players not must also replace Dupuis.
Shattenkirk Added in Point Pick-up
GM's Jr and Scottie opted to add 12 points and take Shattenkirk out of
the minors in a 5 for 5. The Flames dumped O'Reilly, Landeskog,
Williams, Richards and Maroon, 5 big names, for Shattenkirk, Galchenyuk,
Parenteau, Gonchar and Gonchar. "I never thought I'd see the day
when I have four Habs on one team" said GM Jr, "But with all the slow
starts, the points and playoff players made more sense than the offers
we received for the Waiver." Landeskog became the second Elite
Player dropped in just three Waivers, both from Colorado (Duchene).
What Excitement Will Saturday Bring?
Fresh off two exciting Waivers and a huge NHLP deal this week, GM Jr &
Scottie have Saturday's Waiver in Calgary and have stated they will move
players and the Waiver or just the Waiver if the right value can be had.
"These early Waivers can be where Championship teams get the early jump"
said Muddy Capone, "Stealing a Tofolli or Lehtera as we just saw with
the first two picks of the year." Some GM's like to wait, keeping
non playoff guys for added scoring while other GM's like to get rid of
them as soon as possible. The different strategies always make for
a wide assortment of teams but there can be no denying the value of a
Waiver on any given night of the NHLP season. We fully expect
another big name to leave the Minors with tonight's Waiver no matter who
Calgary Waiver On The Move Again
After trading the first NHLP Waiver of the season, co-GM's Jr and
Scottie have announced they will also be trading Saturday's Waiver in
Calgary. "We are open to all offers and look forward to working with
another GM interested in the Waiver" said GM Jr. The minors are very
loaded but will continue to be depleted player by player and if GM's
make the right choices, early Waivers can have clear advantages.
New Orleans Gets Stronger
Quebec Get Statistical Advantage
Who Really Won the Deal?
GM Shawn didn't waste time moving points, sending 10 to Quebec (Matt)
for Backes and Lucic. "The Wolverines are just a stacked team"
said Muddy Capone. Already with Johnson, Perry and Kesler, and now
added is Backes and Lucic, giving the team a much feared lineup top to
bottom with many more points to give. "I was going hard after the
Waiver to add Lehtera" stated Shawn, not adding if this deal played a
part or not in Lehtera no longer in the minors. The Nords added
the points and Nash and Burrows. "I believe in both the Rangers
and Canucks, so I think I may have won the deal" said GM Matt who was
happy with what he called a "Statistical Win." Matt who is known
to be one of the many GM's now using advanced statistics said in a text
with Capone that the Nords increased their Points Per 60 Minutes, "The
PP60M went up 2.64, from 3.74 to 6.38" texted Matt adding the net points
of this deal by seasons end is around 42.24 points Quebec's way.
Matt also claimed the Minute Distribution Charts of the players/teams
involved made a huge difference in why he made this deal. The
advanced statistics are very valuable and Matt said "The PP60M/MD of
Nash and Burrows compared with Backes and Lucic was just to good to pass
on." Undoubted the GM is right stated Capone, "But these charts
aren't telling us the NHLP value of St Louis and Boston players compared
with Rangers and Canucks, something only an NHLP GM can value."
Clearly things are starting to heat up in the NHLP as teams realize what
they have, or have to do, to make that winning team. Will this get
a response from Buffalo (Joel), who now have the first place team in the
South and New Orleans number one competition for the top team in the
NHLP Breaking News: Nash Gone?
There is a circulating report of a deal by the New Orleans Wolverines
(Shawn) that they have traded Nash and Burrows to a team in the East
Division. "Yes it is true" said GM Shawn saying that a 3 PM Press
Conference has been called to announce the deal. Nash is off to a
great start and the two have 26 points on the top ranked Wolverines.
Knowing GM Shawn loves his Blues players, all three NHLP teams at the
bottom of the East have Blues, Matt with Backes, Charlie with Oshie and
Jr with Pietrangelo. We can only assume it is one of these players
targeted. Stay tune.
It isn't a real surprise that the CTR listed the New Orleans Wolverines
(Shawn) and The Buffalo Sabres (Joel) as the two best teams in the NHLP
according to the just released first CTR of the NHLP season. Both teams
come in at over 2000 and are clearly way in front based on the current
NHL standings and their teams. "Only one of the two can come out of the
Division in the end" said Muddy Capone, "The other Divisions should be
thankful for that." Check out the CTR and see what the current Power
Rankings have to say about your team thus far.
Lehtera Titan Target
GM Scott admitted he lucked into Lehtera's natural Hat Trick. "We
were able to get three of the five guys we wanted" said GM Scott, "Lehtera
twice and Kucherov were three we got, so we did ok." The NHLP's
first Elite player to be dropped to the minors was Duchene, along with
Yandle, Purcell, Wisniewski and Scheifele made up the five to the minors
in the drop. The Titan also added Jenner twice for what GM Scott
said is a "Solid low number for what will come next." The Titan
didn't waste time after the CTR called them one of the worst teams in
Just Drouin It
San Fran (Scott) started the clearing of the house, starting with Drouin
who is now a Nordique (Matt). "Drouin had 8 points in 11 games as
a Titan" said GM Scott, "But you need to produce better than that to
play on a Championship winning team. This is Chelsea not Burnley."
The Nords sent Purcell in the even point deal along with 9 spots in the
7th round of next years draft. GM Scott also stated everyone will
be gone by noon with the exception of the teams lone untouchable, Koivu.
"You don't trade guys like Koivu, you just don't" said the Titan GM.
Vegas Strips Titan of Waiver
The Las Vegas Strip (Vinnie) have moved the November 11th Waiver to GM
Scott in San Fran for a Waiver in January as well as a 2nd and 4th round
pick. "I had an offer of around 30 spots in the second round" said
GM Vinnie, "But it didn't include a Waiver and we wanted that movable
piece just in case it was needed at a later date." GM Scott was
please saying that after reading the CTR he was slightly embarrassed
with the direction of the team in the early going. "We don't
accept anything less something that resembles a competitive team and I
had simply grown tired of a few of the beats, especially our top picks
in San Fran" the GM added who ensured by morning the team would not be
Machine Boyle Over
GM Jr decided to drop the injured Boyle and replace him with 4 point
player Cullen with the Memphis injury pick on Tuesday.
Vancouver Makes 'Rushed' 4'fer
GM Joel made a 4 for 4 Waiver drop in Vancouver after paying a Waiver
and Draft picks to acquire it from Calgary (Jr & Scottie). "I was
in a bit of a rush" said GM Joel, "But I got the players I wanted and am
excited about Toffoli, Brown and Stepan." Also added was
Lecavalier for the injured Chara and Eberle, McGinn and Legwand.
Draft For 2017-18 Updated
The NHLP Draft Master page and Draft page for the 2017-18 draft is
updated. This draft may be used in trades this season and was
picked at this years draft. GM Vinnie in Atlantic City has the
first overall pick while Edmonton (Scott) and Cleveland (Tyson) have the
next two NHLP season's first overall.
Joel Goes Big
GM Jr said it was available and it was, trading the first Waiver of the
NHLP season from Calgary to Vancouver (Joel) in an inner conference
deal. Calgary had a huge point gain, adding Neal for Chara, a
Waiver and two picks, a 2nd and 6th rounder. "GM Joel gave us a
very fair offer" said GM Jr, "In the end, no one else's offers
competed." Although GM Joel appears to have paid dearly for the
Waiver, Muddy Capone states it was well worth it, "The minors are loaded
and sure Neal is a huge point per game player to give up, what can be
had from the minors made any GM getting this Waiver a winner."
NHLP Yearbook anticipates GM Joel to make a 4 for 4, but no word has
been heard from the Canucks as of Midnight.
Vegas Gambling on Good Deal
GM Vinnie has said he plans on moving the Waiver on Tuesday, hoping to
garner a deal as Calgary (Jr & Scottie) did to start the season.
"I am officially taking offers" said Vinnie who stated players didn't
have to be involved but could be.
Blues Get Wild
The St Louis Blues (Tyson) elevated themselves from the NHLP's basement
floor by adding 5 points for Dubinsky, grabbing Wild player Granlund.
Granlund is now gone twice. GM Tyson has another injury pick
Friday for Stastny in Cleveland before Calgary's first Waiver on
Franzen Newest Flame
Palmieri became expendable in Calgary (Jr) with the coming Waiver and
points needed if the Flames don't move the Waiver. "He is now also
available, as is the roster" said Jr who has previously said he'd move
the Waiver and any players for the right price. Franzen had 5
points and moved the Flames to 19 out in the NHLP's West Division.
For the first time this season the Flames are no longer the NHLP
doormats, certain to change again Wednesday after St Louis (Tyson) add a
five point player for Dubinsky.
Another Injury in Halifax
As if the injuries to McDonagh and Hedman weren't misery enough, the
Halifax Destroyers (Shawn) lost the teams Elite player Sharp for what
apparently "will be a while". Early speculation is an MCL but any
games missed further hurt the East's lowest scoring team. "This is
the way it goes sometimes" said GM Shawn via text to 25 year veteran
Muddy Capone, "All three of these guys are players any GM would pay
dearly to have. We just need to get through this without getting
ourselves in too deep a hole. Trading any of the three when
healthy can change things back in our favour, but I'd prefer to not lose
more than one of them at worst." GM Shawn has two teams in the
lowest scoring 10 in the NHLP but New Orleans and Buffalo (Joel) have
traded spots on a daily bases for first overall in the NHLP with today
about 75 points in the race to be the first team to hit the century
GM Jr can now pick for Palmieri in Calgary while Wednesday by 6 PM GM
Tyson can replace Dubinsky, both picks up to 5 points. There are 9
players in total on the
Injury Calendar that can be picked over over the next three
weeks. Check out your players and if you don't see your guy and he
has missed half his required games, give me a heads up.
The Right Price
GM Jr has announced to the league that Saturday's Waiver is available
for the "Right price." In the release to the NHLP Yearbook Jr said
there is a lot of potential there to make an early season trade and he'd
not hesitate to move players with the Waiver if things make sense.
Calgary is well back in the West Division, 23 points back of 4th and
last overall in the NHLP. All seven players are potential playoff
players although it is believed a move for the injured Palmieri is
coming tonight as GM Jr knows it is a free 5 points as the other
Palmieri is in the minors. League rules do not allow you to drop a
player and pick him back up without another GM picking in-between,
however since Palmieri is in the minors one time, Calgary could pick him
up once. leaving the player he dropped in the minors. Things
should get interesting and we should see a deal of some sorts by no
later then Saturday.
TJ Oshie and Backes both suffered concussions, hitting three different
NHLP GMs hard. GM Chad is already with Nichushkin and Glencross
injured in Colorado where the Pacific's 5th place Avs are only 10 points
clear of Calgary (Jr & Scottie) for the worst NHLP team, well least the
lowest scoring to start the season. Oshie was off to as miserable
start as any player could be, a mere single point in eight games for the
second round selection. "All those lost points are money in the
bank when the trades start coming" says Muddy Capone, "As long as St
Louis is a playoff team, GMs know Oshie will sooner or later return to
the player he is expected to be." GM Charlie's NY Rangers, last
place in the Atlantic Division are in the same boat as Chad in Colorado
and both teams are only three points clear of a playoff spot. Both
Oshie and Backes are out indefinitely and with concussions, both might
play next game or next week or next year, as is always the case with
this injury, you hope it isn't major and they come back soon, but unlike
a broken finger where we know it is a 2 to 3 week injury, concussions
are anybody's guess.
The first NHLP Waiver of the season is just a week away now, officially
launching the NHLP's unofficial trading season. The Calgary Flames
(Jr & Scottie) drafted 36th and 37th overall, landing Landeskog and
O'Reilly. On paper the team does look set for a Cup run, but
injuries and slow starts seem the norm in Alberta for the Oil's little
sister. Good news came yesterday when the teams PPG leader Maroon
said he could go Friday against Dallas or Sunday versus the Avalanche,
two full weeks ahead of schedule. This could open the way for a
much larger deal with assets galore in Calgary but points seemingly just
folklore. Sitting already 18 points out of a playoff spot this
Waiver will play a huge part of how Calgary's season unfolds.
The Waivers are inching closer. All season long if you know in
advance what you are planning, like moving a Waiver or certain players,
let us know and we will post it here. If it is the day of, ensure
you cc everyone in an email, as it may be too late to get something
The Cup Threat Rating (CTR) is the NHLP's equivalent to the Power
Rankings. "It is a great separator of the teams" says Muddy
Capone, "Usually the top ten teams are the leagues best and the bottom
ten, long seasons are often to follow." The CTR for the first time
in a decade is tweaking their power ranking formula, "So we are inline
with the new playoff format with the NHL" said Capone. The CTR is
going to try and come out at least 4 times this season, with an early
look at the teams this coming weekend when most teams in the NHL will
break the 10 game barrier to start the season.
Nashville and Carolina
With only 9 players between the teams on current NHLP Rosters it is
clear that neither team was thought as playoff teams by NHLP GMs on
Draft day. The Canes are now the only NHL team without a win so
far this season and their 29 goals allowed looks out of place when
Minnesota has only allowed 4 goals through the teams first 5 games.
The Preds on the other hand are the lone NHL team to lose in regulation
this year, starting 5-0-2 and looking every bit the part. Neal
(Andrew and Joel) has 5 goals in the first 7 games while team leader
Forsberg is in the NHLP Minors twice. Neal and former Predator
Hornqvist go head to head Saturday night as the NHL's Penguins will try
and deal Nashville their first loss. Each year we see a few teams
excel that no one truly was willing to lay a preseason bet on and it
makes for interesting GM decisions come Waiver time, do you jump on the
bandwagon or not? This often separates the winners and the losers,
the GMs who make the correct call on the teams long term success this
season. We are sure if the Preds have another couple undefeated
weeks in front of them that they will be hot commodities when the
Waivers start in two weeks.
The NHLP Yearbook issued an apology to the Calgary Flames Franchise,
GM's Jr & Scottie and the fans of the organization on Saturday morning.
"Do to an unfortunate internal mishap an 'Editors Note' was published
that should not have appeared on the NHLP2.com site and the 'Note' does
not entirely reflect the views of the NHLP Yearbook" the statement read,
adding "A full investigation into the matter is underway including
a review of the procedures and policies of the Yearbook staff".
Muddy Capone who oversees the Yearbook staff said what occurred was
unacceptable even if quite plainly the honest truth. "This is not
a debate about how the Franchise in Calgary operates, for that is
clearly a one-side debate that no one can argue against" Capone stated.
"The Franchise is in shambles and has been in a downward spiral for the
better part of a decade. We are certainly not going to try and
convince our readers otherwise. Our hearts do go out to all fans
of the Franchise for the continued agony it must be as a fan.
There is nothing we can do to sugar coat what is happening in Calgary.
We fully understand that with the exception of
Miami, there may not be an NHLP team that has been this bad,
this long, and having to share the Province with Edmonton isn't
something fair to the fans, but out of our control. However, this
isn't about any of that. This is about our staff needing to be
more careful in their editing moving forward, as it might have been
something unfairly printed and unjust towards an undeserving Franchise.
As their leader, I will ensure this just doesn't happen".
Trying To Move Up Waivers
Well, if there was a way, we are certain the co-GMs in Calgary would be
looking for it. The team with the first NHLP Waiver of the season
has been hammered with injuries, a third player going down. Chara
is rumored out long term, following Palmieri and Maroon. "As bad
and miserable as it has been in Calgary, they are still just a mere 13
points out of the playoffs" Muddy Capone pointed out. If there is
a bright side it is the Waiver and the fact it is early with some
potentially very valuable players on the Roster. Williams is
playoff gold and just won the Conn Smythe and Richards is another King
most GMs would love to have. If Colorado can rebound, the teams
top two picks are both fantasy fantasies in Landeskog and O'Reilly.
The GMs will have some tough choices come Waiver night, either an early
season total retooling or something less dramatic. GM Jr was
always the dramatic type and a 7 for 7 would certainly happen after four
trades and a 20 point gain, but we have come to see a softer more casual
approach from the once feared GM. We are talking about a franchise
that laid claim to a team slogan of "You'll Probably Beat Us". We
will be the first to admit that that was back when the team was
struggling and things have certainly changed since. (Editors Note:
Before posting take out that last line. What league have you been
watching? This is Calgary we are talking about, the floor mats of
the NHLP since inception. "Back when the team was
struggling"...your fucking killing me here.)
Been There - Will He Do That?
It was only last season GM Joel had so many points in Buffalo that he
simply did not know what to do with them all. He gave 30 here and
30 there, adding both Stamkos and Crosby to the Sabres, the two best
players in the league on one team. "It was such a crazy move at
the time" said GM Joel, "I knew I likely shouldn't have done it, but how
could I resist?" To the heartbreak of the GM his Sabres missed the
NHLP playoffs as they just cut themselves too thin. Temptation is
surely going to be something the Sabres deal with again this season.
Already with 5 players who have over 6 points including Malkin,
Hornqvist, Bozak, Henrique and Vrbata, Buffalo is already 22 points up
on 5th. At this rate the Sabres will have easily 50+ points to
give again, maybe much more, meaning the opportunity to do something
mind-blowing again. Joel has likely learned from last season that
cutting things too finely can often be dangerous. However, we also
know the opportunities that are presented to GMs with these kinds of
points to move. As the season goes along many
GMs find it difficult to resist a monster deal when presented
with one. One thing is for certain it will be fun watching Buffalo
this season to see how GM Joel handles another potential dream team.
Two Weeks to Waiver One
Eight NHLP teams have Waivers in November with Calgary (Jr & Scottie)
setting the Waiver season in motion on November 8th. "This is the
unofficial launch of the trading season" said Muddy Capone, "With
Waivers being crucial in building some of the best teams each year."
There are always great finds on Waiver nights, players who may be had
for just a point or two that are great players on NHL playoff teams.
GM Scott says it is like he has the Waiver every night because there is
always something creative you can do to better a team. "One of my
favorite Waiver moves is the win-win" said GM Scott, "When a player is
in the minors, offering a GM a few points and a draft pick for that same
player off his current team. The GM can just pick the player up in
the minors again, adds a draft pick and has additional points for using
in his pick, a true NHLP win-win." It is being hungry and creative
that can make the difference. While it is the start of hibernation
season for several GM's, in just two weeks, the real "Championship
Building" season officially launches with the first Waiver of 2014-15.
Injury Calendar Updated
After your player misses at least half his required games, I usually
through his name up on the Injury Calendar. If you don't see a
long term injured player that you think you may want to dump, let me
know and I will ad his name. It is totally up to you to know when
you can pick for your players, however every effort will be made to
remind you when the date arrives. Injury picks are made by 6 PM
and failing to pick on your first available date means you pick behind
another GM on a later day if that is his first night to pick. You
may always pick up to 5 points or equal to the injured players amount if
greater than 5.
NHL Announces Trading Deadline
Monday, March 2nd is the NHL Trading Deadline, leaving GM's Charlie and
Marcel as the lone Waivers after the Deadline. Charlie goes the
next night in Phoenix while Montreal has the final Waiver of the season
on March 7th.
Hedman Stings Halifax
Only four points up on fifth in the East, the Halifax Destroyers (Shawn)
received the bad news that was rumored, Hedman is gone 4 to 6 weeks.
Hedman and Tampa Bay were off to torrid starts and GM's Shawn and Tyson
in Cleveland were enjoying their fourth round picks early success.
"You knew Hedman was ready to breakout" said Muddy Capone, "The six year
veteran had just adapted to the bigger ice and after last seasons
breakout, you knew he was going to explode." With Tampa Bay
looking like a solid team this season the GM's will have to just hold on
until he comes back and hope he can pick it back up. With this
being his hand, he will be able to keep skating and should come back in
The NHLP's worst team with only 11 points on the season is none other
than the San Fran Titan (Scott). After winning their second
Championship the team is out of the gate as slow as you can get with 5
players having two points or less including eggs from Koivu and Drouin.
"I had a serious Cup hangover after winning in San Fran in '03, not
making the playoffs anywhere the year afterward and I said never again"
said GM Scott, "I put more time in this years draft then I ever have
with the FTIMU. Finding and drafting only 200+ shot players with
top minutes per game and only first line power play units. Players
having to have had top five power play minutes on their team to qualify,
for basically all 21 guys except the rookies I drafted. So the
FTIMU did its job and this is nothing but a slow start." Scott
says the Titan will rebound and be a threat to win it all when things
are all said and done.
The NHLP North Division is about as fucked up as a geographical Division
the NHLP has ever seen. The North's six teams include Florida and
Miami as well as Las Vegas and San Fran. Cincinnati is hardly
North as is the final team in the Division, Toronto. "Being in the
Central Conference likely doesn't help" laughed Muddy Capone. Two
North teams, Miami (Charlie) and Las Vegas (Vinnie) should be moving
North, up the standings with the return of Datsyuk Tuesday. Vinnie
has weathered the storm without Datsyuk, only 5 points out of first and
Charlie is only 9 out of first in the Division.
Hamilton Scores Again
Nothing new for GM Tyson! In just his 6th NHLP season GM Tyson has
won 2 NHLP Championships and continues to do things even 20 years
veterans have never accomplished. The Hamilton Hitmen became just
the leagues 32nd team in league history to hit 12 points in a night,
doing it for the second time as a franchise and fourth as a GM. "I
look at GM Marcel and GM Andrew" said Muddy Capone, "39 years of GM
experience between them and combined have not had more 12 point nights
then GM Tyson has in just his sixth season." Hamilton is now the
sixth team to hit 12+ points in a night twice and as a GM is only one
behind 25 year veteran GM Scott who has accomplished the amazing feat
more than any other GM, but only 5 times in 25 years.
5 to 6 to 7
In the NHLP's history, entering its 25th Anniversary, the 12+ point
night has only been reached 32 times after Hamilton (Tyson) hit the
magic number tonight. In the twelve years the teams had 5 players
per team, the feat was only accomplished twice, first by one of the
leagues founding GM's, GM Ian and later by GM Jr. In the
eight years the league carried six players per team GMs hit 12+ on eight
occasions. "This is only the fifth season in league history where
we have carried seven players" said Muddy Capone, "But the elusive 12+
point nights have now fallen 22 times over that short span." It is
still a 'Big Night' as current GM's Joel (8), Matt (7) and Vinnie (9),
combining for 24 years as GMs have not had a 12 point night between
NHLP Players -Years - 12+ Nights
5 Players - 12 Years - Done 2 Times
6 Players - 8 Years - Done 8 Times
7 Players - 5 Years - Done 22 Times
GMs Recording The 12+ Point Nights
Scott (5) San Fran x 2, Edmonton x 2, Philadelphia
Ryan (4) NY Islanders x 2, Green Bay, Boston
Tyson (4) Hamilton x 2, Cleveland, St Louis
Jr (3) New Jersey, Dallas, Calgary
Shawn (3) Halifax, Detroit, New Orleans
Marcel (3) Alaska x 2, Florida
Charlie (2) Phoenix, Anaheim
Chad (2) Pittsburgh, Colorado
Glen (2) San Diego, Atlantic City
Andrew (1) Washington
Henry (1) San Jose
Brady (1) Vancouver
Ian (1) Boston
Teams Recording 12+ Point Nights
Boston (Ian, Ryan)
NY Islanders (Ryan)
San Fran (Scott)
Atlantic City (Glen)
Green Bay (Ryan)
New Jersey (Jr)
New Orleans (Shawn)
San Diego (Glen)
San Jose (Henry)
St Louis (Tyson)
Zetterberg Helps Wait
The Miami Surf (Charlie) have some players who have been often hurt in
the past couple years, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Lupul and Franzen, but so
far everything is going GM Charlie's way while he waits for Datsyuk to
play his first game this season. "I am happy with the start"
Charlie told the NHLP Yearbook. Why wouldn't he be? After
Zetterberg and Franzen combined for 6 points, the team is basically in
second in the North. This comes without Datsyuk playing yet.
Charlie has had seemingly a Detroit built game each and every year and
suffered some tough Wings playoff loses in recent years, but that didn't
stop Charlie from going all in on them again this season.
Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen are about as good a Detroit team as
possible and so far Charlie has every reason to be happy with their and
As if things weren't bad enough in Calgary (Jr & Scottie) the team has
learned Maroon is gone four weeks. With the first Waiver of the
season about 3 weeks away, the three point player will surely be in the
minors before he appears in his next NHL game. Maroon has three of
the six points the team has scored this season and was looking like a
bright spot for the struggling team. Already with Pamieri injured
and sitting 8 points out of a playoff spot the seasons first Waiver
could not come soon enough.
Drouin To Minors
"Well least he is playing" said GM Scott who took the young star twice,
once both to Philadelphia and San Fran. Drouin had 242 points in
128 QMJHL games and undoubtedly will light up the NHL in the future,
although rookies seldom do, so his time in the NHLP might be a few years
away. "I looked at what his junior line mate did and based a lot
of our pick on that" said Scott referring to the year MacKinnon had last
year and hoping Drouin's first season could be near as good.
Starting with an injury and in the minors, likely now missing the teams
first 8 to 10 games won't help his scoring numbers this season.
Miserable Start For Proud GM
If Detroit gets the "HockeyTown" moniker in the NHL, the NHLP's
HockeyTown shifts further South, all the way into Texas. The
two-time NHLP Champion's in Dallas are the self proclaimed HockeyTown of
the NHLP and rightly so. The Stars were the third NHLP team to win
two Champions and from 2000-2009, there may not have been a better or
more feared NHLP GM. "GM Jr gave you a sense that he was going to
dominate each and every year" said Muddy Capone, "He had unbelievable
teams that come the playoffs GMs literally feared playing." In
2009-10 Dallas registered 15 points in a regular season night, the
highest regular season total ever and in that same year's playoffs, GM
Jr hit 17 in New Jersey, for the biggest night in league history.
After the first week of the NHLP season this year, GM's Jr & Scottie
only have 15 points between their three teams, about the same as 15
other NHLP Teams have and about a quarter of GM Shawn's 57 points.
"Slow starts are miserable and all teams and GMs go through them from
time to time" said Capone. Jr is a firm believer in 'things coming
out in the wash', meaning his 9 players that have zero points (compared
to GM Shawn who has 9 with 4+ points) will even out down the road.
Maybe, maybe not. Is this nothing more than a slow start or is it
a reflection of things to come? Jr is still known as a powerhouse
GM and he knows how to bring a team back from being completely off the
radar. The problem is due to poor drafting the last few years his
teams are off the radar more frequently. Once down, now the
pressure of making strong Waivers and strong moves must be there,
something that appears missing from his game of late. GM Scott
says he saw the change when some of the best teams in the NHLP, built by
GM Jr and expected to go far, got knocked out in the playoffs. "I
think Jr was doing the right things" said Scott, "But started second
guessing how to build the winners, even though he was doing everything
right to begin with." GM Andrew said Jr has a deep rooted passion
for the NHLP that you either have or you don't. "When he brings
that passion you actually see and sense it" Andrew said, "When he brings
that game, no one can beat the guy." Andrew feels it is just a
matter of GM Jr finding it again. "I went through the same kind of
period" Andrew said, "I was able to get it back, but it didn't fall into
my lap." Andrew went onto say that when Jr has his best game going
for him, "It seems to bring out the best in me as well." GM's Jr
and Scottie have the first Waiver of the NHLP season, notoriously the
best to have. "I think that will define their season, as it did
last season" said GM Scott, "A huge move to let the NHLP know they are
hungry for another Championship this season, will set that tone."
As for Dallas, they are just a Cup away from being the NHLP's first team
to raise a third team Championship banner. Should we expect
anything less from the NHLP's version of Hockeytown?
Eights is Enough
GM Shawn had an historic night just two days into the NHLP's 25th
season. Recording 27 points from his tree teams (10-9-8) for the
second highest average 'Points Per Team' night in league history at
9.00, only behind GM Chad's 28 point 9.33 night (13-10-5) on March 10th,
2013. The night however accomplished a rare feat, an NHLP first.
GM Shawn became the first GM in league history to have all three teams
hit 8+ points on the same night. "The previous record holders
lowest teams were always under 8" said Muddy Capone, "With GM Jr
previously having a third team hitting 7 with his 8-7-7 on October 16,
2011." How big was GM Shawn's night last night? The lowest
scoring 15 teams (almost half) the league last night didn't have 27
points, including GM Andrew who had 4 in total from his three teams and
two of them had zero on the night. "If we are looking at big
nights, look to Saturday" said Capone, when all 30 NHL teams and every
playing the NHLP that isn't hurt will play.
Memphis GM's Jr & Scottie will have more to think about the day after
their NHLP Waiver in Calgary, about the time Boyle will be due as an
injury pick. Boyle broke his hand in the season's opening game and
is now gone 4 to 6 weeks. "What a relief that must be" said Muddy
Capone, "Knowing that a player of yours breaks his hand and it wasn't
Thornton or St Louis", the two big guns in Memphis. Well, it can
always be worse and although this sucks, the GM's will get up to a 5
point player in an injury pick, while still early enough in the season
to turn this negative into a positive.
After a huge pre-season deal leading to the drafting of Toews, the
Chicago Blackhawks (Andrew) have now become the last team in the NHLP to
get a point. "It always sucks to start slow" said Muddy Capone,
"But I don't think Toews is on the block just yet." Toews hopes to
lead Chicago to a third team Cup, the first NHLP team to do so. GM
Andrew had a big hand in 1999 (Chicago) and 2004 (Washington) of winning
Cups 2 & 3 for Yashin, the only player in league history with three
Cups. Toews has two so this could be a lucky year for both Toews
and Chicago, but at some point they will need to first get that first
point of the season.
Please check your own teams. Remember if you click the TEAM column
at the top, the current NHLP Standings show properly. If you see
an injured player you didn't know was injured, you have to him missing
his first game to replace your pick, otherwise he falls into the injury
rule. I didn't see any surprises when I look.
It always sucks when a mistake is made on this page, for it means
Waivers get screwed up. Please ensure your teams are there 7 times
each. If I missed anyone or got a player on the wrong team, please
advise sooner then later.
Lee Returned to Minors
GM Joel's Carolina Hurricanes will likely be ok, but 7th round player
Lee won't start the season in the NHL. After Lee misses 13 games
the Canes will be able to grab a player who has up to 5 points, which in
this case will be November 7th and likely a much better replacement than
Lee himself. Carolina cannot replace Lee now, just as Skinner
could not be replaced, as what happened to him was on the day of our
draft or later. However, if a player misses their first game AND
the GM can prove this was something that occurred before the draft AND
no one knew that player was injured (he wasn't listed on any of the
printed injury reports), a GM could immediately by 6 PM the follow night
of missing his first game replace that player. A replacement pick
must be an unselected player with equal to or less then the average
points of all players selected in that round after games the previous
night (essentially 0 points, but maybe 1 - depending). "When you
look in Officepools, there really aren't any surprises now, but each
case is its own" said Muddy Capone, "And it is up to the GM to advise
the league immediately after his player misses his first game of his
desire to drop that player, so a decision can be made on whether
compensation will be allowed."
NHLP Replacement Rule
Many years ago this kind of thing occurred, because we didn't have
access to the Internet and such live statistics. The league still
honors this replacement rule because it's intention is a star player
wasn't gone for three months before the draft and no one knew, basically
crippling a team out of the gate. Although the league refuses to
come down off the "5 point barrier" for the Injury Rule, it can be
argued that any injury now is more a benefit to a GM if the player is
likely a 5th, 6th or 7th rounder. You don't want an injury to kill
any team, but a GM should not benefit from an injury either.
"There was very strong support of moving this number to 3 points" said
Muddy Capone, "But it gets shot down each time." One thing is from
year to year you never know what GM could benefit. "Maybe out of
the gate there needs to be bigger numbers, like a 7th rounder missing 20
games before compensation under the injury rule" says Capone, adding
"Lee will be replaced, as will Skinner, under the injury rule, while
others in that same round are still struggling to score their second
point." For now the injury rule still sits at minimum 5 points and
the replacement rule, although seldom used now-a-days, still does exist.
Dubinsky - Gone 6 Weeks
The St Louis Blues (Tyson) received word Wednesday morning that Dubinsky
had surgery and will be gone for 6 weeks. This is another in the
long list of injuries hitting NHLP GM's before the season is even
underway. The injury shouldn't hurt GM
Tyson, as he will be scheduled to replace Dubinsky with a player up to 5
points on November 5th, the earliest of any injury pick so far.
Lee is scheduled for the 7th for GM Joel followed by GM Scott picking
for Skinner on the 8th, all injury picks before Calgary's (Jr & Scottie)
first Waiver on the 8th. It is very possible several more players
will become injury picks in the coming week.
Skinner Blow for Philly?
GM Scott admitted all injuries are bad injuries but if a player is going
to suffer such a serious injury, as another concussion for Skinner, they
are better early in the season. The Philadelphia Flyer know
Skinner was suppose to bring scoring from that 5th round pick, but now
it will likely be someone else. "I already circled November 8th"
said GM Scott, "That is the day he will no longer be a Flyer if he is
It's a GREAT Sign
GM Marcel not only has Crosby in Montreal, but now adds in Johansen who
signed with the Blue Jackets just two days after the Draft. The
Penguins (Chad) also benefit from the signing. The doubt of
whether he'd sign or not and how long this would drag out caused his
value to drop until the 4th round. This will really help the
scoring of these two teams and has turned into a great move by both GMs.
Matt - Galcheyuk, Not Gallagher
GM Matt noted a change on his Quebec team, saying he chose Galchenyuk,
not Gallagher as Officepools had. No further changes have been
heard from since.
GM's Jr & Scottie had an interesting Draft. "It is a blast
watching these two" said GM Andrew, "Jr wants to pick the 40 year olds
and Scottie and his advanced statistics wants to pick the young
players." The Yearbook came down hard on the Co-GM's after picking
the first Waiver last year.
Memphis (Jr) Drops Pominville (3), Enstrom (1), Ott (1), Ennis (2) and
Clowe (2), Adds Stastny (3), Hjalmarsson (1), Leddy (1), Boyle (2), and
Havlat? Leddy? Boyle? Hjalmarsson?
Steen was in the minors at the time and picked with the next Waiver and
later turned into Kopitar and a Cup. "We did think it
wasn't as strong as the first Waiver should have been" stated Muddy
Capone, "But the GM's have over a month to get this first Waiver right
and kick-start what could be a winning season in Calgary." Don't
the Flames fans finally deserve that?
Ranch Holds 25th Draft
Thanks to GM Joel the NHLP spent the 25th Anniversary Draft out on the
Ranch. It was a great Draft and rumors have it the NHLP cannot
wait to get back to the Ranch. "Everything was awesome" said GM Jr,
who then stated, "Well, almost everything." Seems Jr had some late
night issues with the card dealing of fellow GM Scott. The poker
game got heated at times and at one point GM Scott asked Jr, "If I go
missing tomorrow check for a shallow dug grave up the street". GM
Scott was referring about both the Graveyard 100 yards away and the fact
he was having some good fortunes at the table and his pockets were
running out of storage room. Jr shot back telling Scott that 'he
has a pretty swelled head' if he thinks they'd actually take the time to
dig a grave. Scott did survive the night but there appears to be
some bad blood brewing which could easily come to a head at the next
meeting's card game. "I'll be the first to admit I'd get creamed
in a spelling contest" said GM Scott today, "But I struggle after that
to think of anything else I don't excel at." On the heels of the
beat down GM Scott gave the NHLP this past season, we'd have to tend to
agree. Should be a fun season ahead.
NO Respect for Phoenix
GM Charlie doesn't get any respect from the NHLP Yearbook, who
tonight completely bypassed them and moved to the 3rd overall pick, GM
Chad. "I have come to expect this from the Yearbook" said Charlie,
"It seems there are about 4 GM's and 12 teams that get all the talk, and
us smaller market teams just aren't respected by the Yearbook." A
representative from the Yearbook did take responsibility for the error
citing a shortened staff still being the offseason, adding, "Least GM
Charlie does recognize the number of teams those GM's own." GM
Charlie does have the next pick with GM Marcel already announcing the
picking of Crosby 1st overall.
Chad's Charlie's on the Clock - Crosby Goes 1st Overall
GM Marcel has in fact made his first pick, grabbing Corsby in the 1st
overall slot. "He is just too good of player, dominate in every
word" stated the Habs GM, "We wanted to make this pick now, letting the
NHLP know we are confident he can lead us to our second Cup in
Montreal." GM Marcel has won his lone Cup in Florida, but the Habs
won the 2nd NHLP Championship when under direction of GM Ed, 24 years
ago. Marcel asked the Yearbook to make the pick public, now
leaving GM Charlie on the clock with the 2nd overall pick.
4th and 10th Picks - GM Going Hard For 6th Cup
GM Andrew acquired the 4th overall pick in Saturday's Draft, giving him
both the 4th and 10th overall pick. "I knew GM Scott had the 12th
and 15th" Andrew stated to the NHLP Yearbook, "I wanted a strong anchor
and with 4th overall I think I found it." Andrew's passion for the
NHLP always shines and it seems there is no GM more excited to get
started than the current 5 time winner. "I find it a great
release" says Andrew who is entering his 19th season, "I hope a few
other GM's, guys I love to compete against, find that passion again this
year." Andrew stated he made several offers for moving up with all
GM's basically wanting the same package of a 2nd and 4th and a Waiver,
something GM Andrew decided was worth it. "When I pick 4th
Saturday I will be getting one of the NHL's most elite and NHLP's most
sought after players" the GM said, "I could go all year chasing him, and
they are so hard to get, or just make this move now and assure I get
that elite player." It is that kind of passion, combined with an
uncanny ability to build Championships teams, that seems to propel GM
Andrew each and every year to the end of the NHLP playoffs. "Not
only has he 5 Cups" said Muddy Capone, "His Los Angeles team just lost
in each of the last three NHLP Finals, something never done before."
Clearly what GM Andrew does works. A bold move giving his Waiver
this season for that 4th pick and time will tell if the move works its
way into an unprecedented 6th NHLP Championship and also the first team
in league history to win three Cups in Chicago.
Chicago Moves to Pick 4 With Pre-Season Deal
GM Andrew had contacted many GM's trying to move up in picks, finally
making an NHLP first pre-season deal, moving from position 27 into the
4th overall pick. "This was so exciting" said Andrew, "I had four
offers out there, and we now have a deal." Andrew's Chicago team
will move up 23 spots in the first round, but gives to Quebec (Matt)
their Waiver this season as well as moving Matt's team up 23 spots in
both the 2nd and 4th rounds. "I looked at this as sacrificing my
first round pick for two better picks and a second Waiver this season,
that I can trade and make the Nordiques strong for the coming seasons"
said GM Matt, "It certainly hurts giving the fourth overall pick, but GM
Andrew's team in Chicago will understand how much it hurts to not have a
Waiver this season."
The Early Favorites?
"When you raise the kids for 18 years and they still are that bad at
poker" said GM Joel, "At what point do you start blaming it on their
coaching?" After years of suffering heavy losses at the NHLP poker
table no one can blame GM Jr for wanting to head out early after the
NHLP meetings. "It is hard to watch at times" said GM Scott,
"These youngsters losing hand after hand, not quite yet grasping the
concept of King beats Nine, but not caring as Papa pays the bills."
GM Scottie has shown signs of brilliance as an up and coming GM but has
not once left the poker table a winner, something that hasn't gone
unnoticed by fellow players. "I'd say likely only Chad and Charlie
are worse players" said a GM who didn't want to be identified.
"Thanks to those guys I win each and every single time we play" that GM
added. The NHLP heads into another meeting and there is hope for
an awesome card game that replicates that of the last meeting at GM
Shawn's where as many as 8 players took part. "There was never a
better game then last season and we can only hope that this season
brings just the game" said the NHLP Host GM Joel.
Divisions for 2014-15
San Fran (Scott)
Las Vegas (Vinnie)
New Orleans (Shawn)
Dallas (Jr & Scottie)
Memphis (Jr & Scottie)
NY Rangers (Charlie)
NY Islanders (Ryan)
Atlantic City (Vinnie)
Los Angeles (Andrew)
St Louis (Tyson)
Calgary (Jr. & Scottie)
Green Bay (Ryan)
GM Scott says it is an acronym and he pronounces it the "F-TIM-U". What
is it? "I think it is the single most dominate draft selection device
the league has ever had" said the GM, "It is a lifetime of work,
everything and anything that means anything and everything is factored
in the FTIMU and we base our entire draft on this, not numbers or points
or any other statistic at all. Nothing means anything to us other than
the FTIMU." After 5 Cup wins in 25 years it is hard to argue GM Scott
clearly must be doing some things right. Can the FTIMU be such a strong
device it helps wins the Cup? "I think the key word is helps" says the
GM, "Cups are not won at the Draft, but the Draft is where the
separation starts." What makes the FTIMU so superior? "I have factored
in everything I know, everything I have learned over 25 years to try and
precisely weigh every single NHL player before the NHLP Draft" the GM
states, "Just because two players get the same points, certainly doesn't
mean they have the same value in our league." Duh, tell us something we
don't already know!!! An 80 point Leaf clearly isn't an 80 point Hawk.
Moron! "Just because two players get the same points, on the exact same
team, doesn't mean they are even close to the same valued player" Scott
said. This is where it gets interesting and confusing at the same
"If two guys are both 50 point players but one is on the first line and
plays more power play time with more minutes per game, should you draft
him before the other guy" said GM Scott? Why wouldn't you?
"Well is the first guy 37 years old and heading into this season with
declining stats and missed games the previous 5 years due to injuries
while the other guy is 21 and on the upswing, with a brighter future and
increased numbers each year of his first two seasons of his career"
Scott explains, "Now which of the two do you take?" Scott
continued with how in-depth the FTIMU actually is factoring in such
things as the Waivers, "If you don't have a Waiver or an early Waiver,
things are certainly different then if you do" the GM explained, "Early
waivers means you want fast points from lower rounds while later Waivers
may want better playoff players at the Draft in the later rounds."
GM Scott insists he likely drafts faster then all other GMs. "I
already know who I am drafting for I have already ran the FTIMU for
every player. Once I factored in the projected strength of the NHL
teams each player plays for, the list is completed and numbers do not
lie. On draft day when I draft a player who had 40 points last
year while others are drafting guys who had 60, I'll be thanking the
FTIMU while they wonder why TSN's top 300 didn't include that player so
high on their list." Maybe TSN has no idea how our league works?
Divisions for 2014-15
San Fran (Scott)
Las Vegas (Vinnie)
New Orleans (Shawn)
Dallas (Jr & Scottie)
Memphis (Jr & Scottie)
NY Rangers (Charlie)
NY Islanders (Ryan)
Atlantic City (Vinnie)
Los Angeles (Andrew)
St Louis (Tyson)
Calgary (Jr. & Scottie)
Green Bay (Ryan)
This NHLP 25th Anniversary season is also a milestone season for 4 GM's.
GM Shawn enters his 10th NHLP season while GM Charlie enters number 15.
Neither GM has hoisted a championship just yet with GM Charlie now the
longest running cupless GM. GM Marcel who won his only
Championship in his 13th NHLP Season enters year 20, the second longest
reigning GM in the NHLP. NHLP Founder GM Scott celebrates the
leagues 25th Anniversary with his personal 25th NHLP Season.
"These are awesome milestones for these GM's" stated Muddy Capone who
can't be left out of the conversation, reporting for the NHLP Yearbook
as long as the league has existed. The season is only 52 days away
with a Draft to likely occur prior to the NHL's launch. "It is
going to be a great season, one that we will feature some of the best
and worst memories the league has" stated Capone, who plans on sharing
stories of the leagues history this coming season here in the NHLP site.
Congrats to those GM's who are in milestone years and thanks for making
the NHLP the best league in the world.
Saturday, Oct 4th
Looking at the schedule, Saturday October 4th is the top date. The
other date can only tie, but most GM's gave the 4th as their preferred
date making it the winner. More details to be emailed.
GM Joel stated the dates of September 19th to 27th are out, leaving a
Sunday and four full weekends posted to
have the Draft. Take a look at the Schedules page, keeping in mind
that the NHL Season starts on October 8th.
GM Joel Confirms as Draft Host
GM Joel said he was extremely excited to be hosting the Draft of the
25th NHLP Season. "It is a very special league anniversary" stated
the hosting GM, "We will have to launch the season off with a major
bang." The NHL Season is set to start on October 8th. Joel
will be announcing dates by September 1st so all GM's have a few weeks
notice. GM Matt is hosting the Winter Meeting while this upcoming
seasons Trading Deadline is being hosted by GM Vinnie.
NHLP Waiver Dates Announced
Using the following the NHLP has came up with 36 Waiver dates for the
upcoming season. The earliest Waiver could come 30 days after the
NHL Season starts, so November 8th, while the final Waiver 30 days prior
to seasons end on April 11th, so March 11th. The biggest hockey
nights were 9+ games, which totaled 44 dates between November 8th and
March 11th, meaning 8 dates had to go. Christmas holidays got rid
of December 23rd, 27th, 29th and 31st and February 14th was taken making
only 3 more dates needed to be excluded. Those were the first
three lowest night totals of 9 games, November 9th and 26th and Feb 5th.
This leaves 36 Waiver dates listed below. Of course the Waiver
order, forward or backwards won't be determined until the draft, but
either GM Marcel or GM Jr will have the first Waiver.
The 2014-15 Waivers start on November 8th, either GM Marcel or GM Jr and
run through March 7th. November and December have 8 dates each,
meaning 16 picks will come before Christmas while 20 take place after,
with 10 in the busiest month January. Only 3 dates have 9 games
while 3 dates have 13, the most of any Waiver nights. Most of the
dates have 10 or 11 games.
November Dates (8) - 8th, 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, 28 and 29th
December (8) - 2nd, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16 and 20th
January (10) - 3rd, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 27, 29 and 31st
February (8) - 3rd, 7, 10, 12, 21, 24, 26, 28th
March (2) - 3rd and 7th
Four Transactions for 2013-14 involved Conditions. These four were
Transactions #166, 241, 252 and 279. They have been updated on the
draft master and individual draft pages as well as the transaction page.
The biggest of which was Atlantic City (Vinnie) getting Edmonton's
(Scott) first overall pick in the 2015/16 Draft if the Oil had made the
NHLP Finals this season. GM Scott accomplished the feat, but in
San Fran, meaning Edmonton keeps the 1st overall.
2014-15 Waiver Dates
November Dates (8) - 8th, 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, 28 and 29th
December (8) - 2nd, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16 and 20th
January (10) - 3rd, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 27, 29 and 31st
February (8) - 3rd, 7, 10, 12, 21, 24, 26, 28th
March (2) - 3rd and 7th
Divisions for 2014-15 Set Below The Two Teams that win in the first round of the
playoffs in each Division and the 5th
place team – Stay in that Division, the two first round losers and 6th
place teams – move to the other Division within the same Conference.
2 First Round Winners
San Fran (Scott)
Las Vegas (Vinnie)
2 South's First Round Losers
5th - Cincinnati (Matt)
6th (South) - Miami (Charlie)
2 First Round Winners
New Orleans (Shawn)
2 North's First Round Losers
5th - Buffalo (Joel)
6th (North) - Dallas (Jr & Scottie)
2 First Round Winners
2 East's First Round Losers
5th - Memphis (Jr & Scottie)
6th (East) - NY Rangers (Charlie)
2 First Round Winners
NY Islanders (Ryan)
2 Atlantic's First Round Losers
Atlantic City (Vinnie)
5th - Halifax (Shawn)
6th (Atlantic) - Carolina (Joel)
2 First Round Winners
Los Angeles (Andrew)
St Louis (Tyson)
2 West's First Round Losers
5th - Phoenix (Charlie)
6th (West) - Colorado (Chad)
2 First Round Winners
2 Pacific's First Round Losers
Calgary (Jr. & Scottie)
5th - Edmonton (Scott)
6th (Pacific) - Green Bay (Ryan)
2014 NHLP Champions
San Fran Titan