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FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Thunder and Mustangs

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-01 00:14:53

SAMSON of the THUNDER

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
17th, My forwards just couldn't get it done.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
The Spartans were behind me once again:D

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not much

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Playoffs. That is all.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Hall/Zetterberg/Hertl
Barkov/Filppula/Burrows
Connolly/Rakell/Draisaitl
Bickell/Gionta/Komarov

Petry/Josi
Trouba/Myers
Dumba/Orpik

Dubnyk
Lehner

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Hall, Zetterberg & Josi

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I'm hoping Lehner has a breakout season in buffalo. Connolly too

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
No. Everyone is available for the right price. Of course some have a much higher price.


What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Defense has always been a strength, forward depth the biggest weakness

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
the usual

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Probably the Vikings, but I hope it's a surprise team no one expects

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Spartans & Dragons

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good Luck, Just not too much

 

DAWGTOY of the MUSTANGS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
Finished 10th, which is likely lower than I wanted to finish, but given that I was stuck in cap hell, it wasn't a surprise either.
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I suppose my greatest rival is suppose to be the Bombers, though this was likely more a rivalry with the man who previously ran the team.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I'd say moving Gio and Sid should be considered significant, and you likely lose that trade every time. I had to move salary, and I still need to move more ...hint hint.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
This won't be a success. The team is in a state of flux, getting younger and cheaper is the goal at this time. Two picks next season in the first round as well.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Ladd-Nuge-Toffoli
Jagr-Njugstad-Steen
Stewart-Anisimov-Hendricks
Sheahan-Terravainen-Panarin

PK-Larsson
Demers-Braun
Gilbert-Engelland

Bishop-Pavelec
 
Which players do you expect to carry your team?
I really don't expect anyone to carry the team. This team has some nice pieces that need to mature and develop
 
Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Panarin, Terravainen

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I need to move Steen or Jagr to save money. Prospect or picks likely in return.
 
What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Cap is our biggest weekness, Goaltending was a strength.
 
Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Same old, same old.
 
- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Militia
 
Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Not sure I'm really in a position to critique others with my team in a state of flux.
 
Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?I'm an Oiler fan who can't wait for the puck to drop. As for the FHL ... see you in the trade news boys.


FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Stingers and Bombers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-09-30 00:09:29

CHUCKER of the STINGERS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
It was a bit of a reset year for the Stingers. We had some injuries to our normal key contributors and confusion in goal didn't help. Lots of the Stingers players are prospects or soon to be full time NHLers. The idea is to be patient and keep these guys around to see how they do for a few years should they continue to progress and develop as they should.
 
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Poorly. Last year was a disappointment despite the knowledge it was a partial rebuild. Lack of second tier guys to replace the few guys who we have who are elite was a key issue we hope will start solving itself this year with UFA signings and organic growth. Visually, we seem better. ;) (NorOil's edit: Hah, *snort*)
 
What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
We dumped a proven NHLer in Bourque because he's being held back to fourth line duty in Nashville and no signs point to him gaining any ground. We also signed some KHL departed players in the hopes they will pan out. We've had success on Euro singnings before so we feel Plotnikov and Petrov will be fine.
 
What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I'd like to be in the top ten but that might not be realistic as our goal situation is still rather murky and this is another development year with many second year guys and rookies. We've hoping to see who has a future here this season.
 
Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Moulsen-Giroux-Kane
Maroon-Schenn-Kulemin
Eaves-Eakin-Everberg E3 line
Plotnikov-Spaling-Nestrasil

extras: Jurco, Petrov, Karlsson, DSP

D

Niskanen-Green
Spurgeeon-Tennyson
Wisniewski-Franson
Gryba

Goal:
Andersen
Ramo
Ortio


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Kane, Griroux, Andersen and our D. Everyone else is looking to improve to become core guys. Lots of room for improvement with these young ones.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Karlsson is my hope. He's in Columbus now and hopefully will be a full timer. Kane should have a bounce back year and we're expecting big things from Eten in NYR. If Ritchie makes it....watch out.
 
Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I'm always open to reasonable trades. I have a lot of great contracts so that is key in how I wanted to set myself up for this season so it could be youth for experience. It just depends on how reasonable other managers are, as always.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
D is the best area for the Stingers. No question marks at all there and we have lots of cap so we're not really concerned with paying guys who will be reliable. Goal could be a strength if the Ramo/Ortio situation sorts itself out but it may necessitate playing the waiver eligible Ortio for a while should Ramo not get traded or given the starting job for the Flames. Hiller is a thorn in our side but in an ideal world, Ramo gets traded and Ortio takes over for the Flames next season.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The usual suspects. Militia, Vikings, Heatwave, Rhinos, Chiefs/Bulldogs. Lots of great teams in that 3-9 range.
 
- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
I think it will once again be very hard to overcome the Vikings but I think the Chiefs have done well and could leap forward. They would be a good champ.
 
Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
It could very well be the Stingers but it sure wouldn't be intentional. It's still hard to think the Dragons or Acadians will be much better nor the Spartans or Burninators either. They may all be lottery teams but then againg their youth may just start clicking. Last year I wouldn't have thought the Devils would do so poorly so it's hard to tell. A few injuries to your big guns and it's all over.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
As always, have fun and be active. We have a good group now and one less team so the competition should be closer and some teams picked up some terrific talent through the draft the last three years that will really start shining. Please be active and don't be unreasonable with your trade requests. I'm really looking forward to McDavid and Eichel this season as well as Hanifin, to name just a few. See you all on the ice!!!

 

 

 

RACKI of the BOMBERS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
7th overall. I finished here because 6 teams finished ahead of me, and 16 behind me. But also because my defense and goaltending were both a let down for most of the year. I did some work to repair these areas, especially the blue line.. but it was a bit too late.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I'm not sure I have a rival.. I guess most of the teams ahead of me.. and Steve-O.. and Chodu... and T-dizzy, Trogdor, and, well.. pretty much the whole league. Really though, I'd say I give the most razzing to the Bulldogs, Heatwave and Stingers. The Bulldogs and Heatwave both finished ahead of me, as usual.. although not too far ahead in the case of the Heatwave. The Stingers took it up the backside pretty hard this year, however.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Sniped some free agents (Matt Cullen and Jarret Stoll). Moved Krug out for Bjorkstrand (bit of a risk there, but my D depth right now is quite solid and could be pared down even further. On the note of the blueline, I was quite happy to add Kulikov to the mix, from the Lugers dispersal draft, as well as a guy people have somehow dodged all year - Zbynek Michalek - via free agency.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Aiming for the top 5. I aim for the Noracki Cup ever year though.. but it's pretty tough to best the best in this league.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Pacioretty Carter Hudler
Nichushkin Scheifele Hoffman
Soderberg Ribeiro Read
Clutterbuck Stoll Cullen

Beauchemin Seabrook
Ehrhoff Michalek
Despres Severson

Crawford
Stalock

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Max Pac as always (you all can stop with the trade offers). Seabrook, Crawford, Carter, Hudler, Scheifele and Soderberg.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Soderberg may go super nova in Colorado with all the talent there. I also am thinking Scheifele will have a break out year. I don't see anyone else surprising... the ones that I think will have good years are guys who have been good all along or are pretty household names for prospects.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
The Bombers blue line is rather deep. Goaltending is not. I'll need another starter here, and if they're on a good contract, I could be willing to move some decent pieces.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Forward and defense..
Weakness: Goaltending.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Bulldogs, Heatwave, Militia and.... Bombers! Got to have our team in there, or I won't sell any tickets this year.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Unless it's the Bombers, which I don't quite see just yet, then I have no answer.. you all don't need your egos inflated any more than they already are!

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
The usual suspects... Dragons and Spartans. I mean that as no insult.. it's just hard as hell to work your way out of the bottom. I only give the Devils benefit of the doubt here because they nabbed McDavid and Boychuk, I guess.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Stop tanking, you twats at the bottom. That, and I hope everyone has a good, fun year. I think we've weeded out the dead weight and have a great crew of GMs here. 



FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Spartans and Dragons

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-09-29 12:59:31

BUCKMINSTER of the SPARTANS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
20th. Lack of forward depth and poor goaltending

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I was a few spots back of the hated Thunder this year

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not a lot, the one change that I hope has a big impact is adding Kessel.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
The past 3 seasons I've come in 20th, 22nd, and 20th again. Really, I would just like to get into the teens, hopefully make the playoffs for once.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Kessel-Stastny-Ovi
Drouin-Backlund-Pastrnak
King-Rask-Roussel
Ritchie-De La Rose-Paajarvi

Chara-Streit
Campbell-Ekblad
Jones-Klein

Enroth
Khudobin

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Ovi, Kessel, and my defense

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Last year Pastrnak surprised even me, hopefully another of my numerous prospects can do that this year. Or maybe a few.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
No real goals, I have a very young roster and am hoping they start to put up some points. I guess my biggest need would be goaltending, but the good ones seem impossible to come by. Though of course I seemed to have an easy time trading 2 of them away.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
My biggest strength last year was defense, and I expect them to do well again this year. Goaltending is easily my biggest weakness.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Militia, Rhino's, Heatwave and Bulldogs

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Not really, If it can't be the Spartans, I'll cheer for anyone who hasn't won it (except for the Thunder of course)

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Dragons and Thunder

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Here's to another fun season

 

 

KELLGORE of the DRAGONS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there? - Last place, rebuilding with youth and made some trades to get some younger guys.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I don't have rivals yet. Maybe this year? Does anyone want to be my rival?

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I added Crosby and Giordano. Two elite scoring players at their positions.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Top 5 in the league. The rebuild has ended.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Bennett - Crosby - Eichel
Kreider - Kopitar - Calvert
M. Karlsson - Thornton - Grabovski
McGinn - Campbell - J. Hayes

Giordano - Stralman
A. Macdonald - Fayne
Connauton - Ouellet

Anderson
Reimer

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Crosby and Giordano

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Connauton and Melker Karlsson

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
Need a goalie and Kopitar or Thornton are available

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths - Cap savy players
Weakness - Poor goaltending

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Bulldogs
Gladiators
Heatwave
Vikings
Dragons
- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
No

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Burninators
Lakers
Spartans


Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?



FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Arcadians and Rhinos

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-09-28 06:20:11 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2015-09-29 13:01:04)

MCSORLEY of the ARCADIANS
 
Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
18th, injurys to key players and poor production by the O

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
No big rivals yet. (* Noroil's edit: Because the Vikings are so far ahead we may presume)

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Trying to bring in some good FA and rookies that can contribute from the start. Have high hopes for Jeff Skinner, hope he can reach the 30 goal mark again.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Top 10 and a good run in the playoff

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Schwartz-O´Reilly-Skinner
Strome-Granlund-Pouliot
Moses-Shaw-Rantanen
Umberger-Kelly-Holland

Weber-Shattenkirk
Staal-Goligoski
Gardiner-Klefbom

Bobrovsky
Kuemper

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Bobrovsky, Weber


Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Mike Reilly will hopefuly make the jump and contribute from the blueline. Hope Granlund can stay healthy and have a good season.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
Looking for offense... Every player is availible but every player has a price ;)Lets make a deal boys.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Weakness: Scoring
Strength: Defense

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Bombers, Militia, Bulldogs and Chiefs

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Vikings

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Burninators

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
The offseason is to long, lets get going...

 

 

METAL&OIL of the RHINOS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?

I finished in 5th, about what i expected heading into the year.
 
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I finished 1 spot higher then my one true rival
 
What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I dumped some dead weight, drafed twice in the first round, had a couple of depth signings and made only 1 trade.
 
What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Palat-Kadri -Perreault
H Sedin-D Sedin-Vrbata

Muzzin-Markov
Krug-Enstrom
Cowen-Holden

Quick
Mrazek

[B]Which players do you expect to carry your team?[/B]

Palat, Vrbata, Kadri, Muzzen Krug, & Mrazek

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Cedric Paquette & Nick Holden

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I would move a Dman like Enstrom to a team that looking to fill an injury void.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
This year I see Goal as a strength
 
Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Rhinos, Heatwave, Devils, Vikings & Militia

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Heatwave

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Dragons, & Spartans
 
Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Aim high!!


Salary cap for 2015-16

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-07-24 05:06:13


The FHL/NHL salary cap for next year is $71.4-million. The cap floor will be $52.8-million.

The FHL waiver limit is 2.5% of the cap limit rounded to nearest hundred thousand: $1.8M (Rounded up from $1.785M)

 

 



FHL News - Two drafts and a free agency!

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-06-28 07:12:08

Dear FHL general mongrels - here is the schedule for the summer: 

* Before July 1st: Submit your FA lists (who to drop, and who you wish to sign, if any)

* July 1st: All free agents are released. 

* July 2nd: Both the reduction- and entry draft begins (parallel to each other). Post picks on the forum. 

* July 5th: Free agent signings are published - contested free agents will be randomly awarded as per usual.