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FHL Gazette: Trade dead(quiet)line day? Edited with latest trades...

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-03-02 13:04:23 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2015-03-03 12:30:41)

FHL Gazette: Und jetzt ist es still.

Apart from a few moves leading up to the deadline day, the FHL has remained devoid of movement on the big day itself. The activity has been restricted to putting players on the trade block, though there is still time to make some ripples in these waters.

An interesting move was made between the Bombers and Rhinos, in which the latter secured the services of Erik Cole and Robyn Regehr, whilst Racki's team added Brent Seabrook and Joel Ward. At first glance it was a trade that appeared lopsided in favor of the Bombers, but considering cap numbers and FHL production it appears more balanced. A modest goalie switch saw Justin Peters join the Heatwave whereas Lundquist's bench warmer Cam Talbot moved to the Lakers. Its purpose may be debated, but it seems likely that Haboiler and Ktown disagree on who is more injury prone: Party King Henke or Hairy Holty.

Though unrelated to the deadline, the last significant moves before the above were all Vikings trades - sending away players like Jay Harrison and Taylor Beck to the Serpents for David Savard and Jay Beagle. A separate move allowed the Arcadians to add Alex Edler, Darcy Kuemper, and checker Craig Cunningham as the Vikings gained Marian Hossa (for a second stint), Braden Holtby, and Shark Marc-Edouard Vlasic.


NEXT UP: The playoff cutoff on Sunday March 8th. Top 16 teams face off against each other for the (lesser) glory of the FHL playoff trophy. The main prize remains the FHL Norack trophy, but several teams anticipate thrilling matchups against former and new rivals.

 

NOTE: The (actual) FHL trade deadline does not end until 23:59 MST - given that we have no obligation to any players' lives and Racki always has the time to process some moves because he lives merely to serve our league.

 

Edit!

*** The Arcadians have sent Nick Bonino to the Vikings for Andrew Shaw.

*** The Thunder acquire Joe Morrow and a 2015 second round pick for Dylan McIlrath who goes to the Rhinos.

*** The Spartans trade Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to the Rhinos for duo Martin Marincin and Iro Pakarinen.

That concludes an unspectacular FHL trade deadline. It appears GMs need to soften their offers and realize that a package of shit won't provide a golden return. Probably.

Good luck in the final week before the playoffs, gentlemen!

 



Pre-deadline surveys : McSorley, Steve-o, and Saevel

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-24 23:07:47

 

NorOil's introduction: 

Behind the enigmatic nickname "mcsorley" stands a Greco-Norwegian colleague of mine whom I recruited into the league based on him revealing casual knowledge of Martin Marincin's nationality during a pub discussion a while back. He may not be excused for being a Rangers fan, but I could not deny his knowledge of the game. What better then to be given an FHL team? I could see no greater honor. He is currently making a mockery of it, but that is to be expected from some half-blood viking hoplite like him. Unfortunately (and shockingly) for his Greek heritage, the natural monicker "Spartans" was already taken. He fell back upon his Macedonian legacy and took Arcadians instead. We're the most classical (historological pun) hockey league out there already. 

Enough chatter. Here are mcsorley's excuses:

 

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MCSORLEY

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?
Since taking over this team it has been a downhill battle.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
My offensive production and key players on IR.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
NO


Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
I would be willing to listen to almost everybody, except the future of my team.
- What would be the starting price for these players?
I'm open to offers..

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
Offense and scoring

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Being new in this League I have no idea...

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?
Vikings

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Time will show.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Next year guys, NEXT YEAR!

(NorOil: Also not surprising for any football (real football) fans: He's a Liverpool fan, and "next year" fits the modus operandi perfectly. It strikes me that this was the case for Oilers fans a while back, but now we're settling into a dejected combination of "never" or "next decade".)

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STEVE-O

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
Terrible, all my players should be ashamed of themselves. I demanded no injuries!

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Underperforming and injuries.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Make the playoffs, and hope that I can make some noise then.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
Ruutu, Gordon, Stuart, Ericsson are all up for grabs. Starting price for those would be maybe .5 fhlppg players.

I'd part with Skinner too, but he'd need to return something substantial.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Forward depth.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Chiefs and Militia makin' some noise.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Vikings

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
I'll go out on a limb and say Lakers...the past two weeks they have just blown past me at the bottom here, and seem to be on a roll.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Next year...next year.

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SAEVEL

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?
It's slightly below what I expected.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
On the positive side, my goalies have been preforming (although both are now injured), Doughty, Benn and Foligno have been good again, Hartnell has lived up to expectations, and Versteeg has had a pleasant comeback.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Claim the 5th spot. And go deep in the play-offs.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
- What would be the starting price for these players?
I might be willing to listen to offers for some of my youngsters, for a veteran in return. I also have some extra roster space at the moment.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
I think my team is fairly well balanced. I just need a little more scoring depth. One more goalie wouldn't be too bad either.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
I guess Militia and Gladiators.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?
The Vikings.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Probably the Vikings as well.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Send me a trade offer!




Pre-deadline surveys : Samson, Buckminster, and Jfrizzio77

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-23 23:12:10

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SAMSON

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
fairly disappointed. I was hoping to be in the playoff hunt, and thought as long as my players were healthier than last year I would have a good chance at it, but it doesn't appear like the Thunder have much chance of making it.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
sub par years from many of my key players. Some have been turning it around lately and I've had a few good weeks, rising up the standings a bit, but it seems a case of too little too late.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
not really, I would love to make the playoffs, but I've very little hope left.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
my standings position would dictate that I'm a seller, but I'm pretty happy with my team going forward. Some players that I would easily move for very little since I'm not likely to keep this summer are Horcoff, and Kopecky. Others that I may not keep would be Dwyer, Erat, Bellemore, and Fasth. The other players that I would consider trading are Brodin, Hjalmarsson, Berra, and Gionta. Feel free to make an offer.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
I'm finally happy with my Goaltending thanks to Dubnyk, but my forward group needs some help.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
I haven't looked much higher than 16th in the standings, so not sure

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
probably the Vikings

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
no idea, but I'll be cheering for the underdog in every series

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
here's hoping for a busy and entertaining FHL trade deadline

 

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BUCKMINSTER

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
I was hoping for a higher spot in the standings, but I'm about where I expected to be.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Not enough high point producing players. Ovie has been fantastic, and I've got some depth, but not enough FHLPPG players to make the playoffs

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Get back above the Thunder in the standings, and to win the draft lottery with the pick I got from the Lugers:D

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
I have a few players that might provide some cheap depth for a playoff contender including: Joakim Andersson, P.E.Bellemare, Brian Flynn, Olli Jokinen, Dwight King, Brandon McMillan, Derek Roy and Matt Greene.
What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Goaltending is my biggest need

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Rattleheads, Chiefs and Militia

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
I'm going to say the Militia.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
No clue, all it takes is one good or bad week to change everything. Hopefully someone who hasn't won before.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Thanks for helping me stay a hockey fan, and with how terrible the Oilers have been the past few years that is needed.

 

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JFRIZZIO

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
Overall, I'm very happy with the results thus for. I drafted this team to break out either last season or this season and the plan is working. I still need help on the back end though.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Definitely the breakout seasons from Tarasenko, Voracek, Johansen, Tatar, Beleskey and Niederreiter. Had some great goaltending at certain points throughout the season. I wish I could say the re-emergence of Nash, but he's twiddling his thumbs on the pine.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Win the most prestigious trophy of them all! The Norack Cup!

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
It's tough to say. I need to deal some salary. Likely candidates are Malkin and/or Letang. I'm open for for offers on some others minus a handful of players.
- What would be the starting price for these players?
Looking for what everyone wants. Younger, cheaper and productive players. Or a high draft picks, depending on who.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Definitely team defence. I have some standouts on D, but my youngsters haven't been panning put as I had hoped yet. I'm a relatively patient GM so I don't want to change much. But I'd love to beef up my defence.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Not many major surprises. But the Rattleheads have had a nice season, especially when considering their goaltending.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Ultimately I think the Vikings will take the cake, but it'll be a fight to the death!

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
This is where any team can come by and make a few surprises!! Anyone but the Vikings!

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
ABV!! Anyone But Vikings! ;D

 

(NorOil's remark: I shall allow this to pass out of sympathy for your projected loss. I do not endorse these statements of unbridled jealousy, however, censorship is not something I take lightly. That is reserved for some of the most blantant Ktown-produced articles)

 

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Pre-deadline surveys : Racki, MG10, and Quinstone

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-23 08:49:18

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RACKI

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
Shit.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
I'd say it's somewhat comparable to the Oilers.. stacked forwards, but the back end is a huge let down. Some of the more key injuries have been a let down. I basically have one goaltender (Crawford), and if he doesn't play, I'm losing quality points there.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
My ambitions are to build a new keeper website... more focused on that than my team. But seriously, for my team, I would think staying the course for the most part, but if I can fix the blueline at all, I would be happy.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
I'm probably open to moving a lot of the blueline, although I'm not in any hurry to move the youngsters.


What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Again, the blueline.. and I can use a second goaltender that will actually play.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
The Militia, definitely. Great job in turning things around there. Their healthy scratches can be top six guys on some teams.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Probably the Vikings will hold on.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Bombers, duh.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Always stay humble, friends, because you never know when you're going to start declining, Ktown.

 

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MG10

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?

Slightly disappointing. Prior to this season, I was hoping my squad could finish in the top 10. That doesn't look promising at this point, though a lot can change in the next couple of weeks.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?

Lack of consistent scoring throughout my lineup. The positives - the play of Nick Backstrom, Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec, Duncan Keith and Nick Leddy has prevented an unmitigated disaster; and injuries to three of my stars, Ryan McDonagh, Kyle Okposo and Mikkel Boedker has had a minimal impact as other players improved as the season went on. The negatives - Michael Frolik had a very slow start to his season after being a revelation last year; with Teemu Selanne's retirement, I thought Jakob Silfverberg had a terrific opportunity to rise up and be an adequate replacement for Selanne. That never happened as he only has 9 goals on the year.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?

No specific ambitions. We just gotta take it day by day, get pucks in deep, get pucks to the net and hope for some lucky bounces.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
- What would be the starting price for these players?

I would listen to and consider all offers for any of my players, except Carey Price.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?

I currently have a few aging players who are passing their prime and taking up space in the payroll and I will have to get younger going forward. I am very happy with my pipeline and have had a couple of first round draft picks make their NHL clubs this year and I'm hoping to see further improvement in that area.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?

There hasn't been much that has surprised me as far as the standings go. The standings are about what I expected prior to the season. I predicted that the Militia would break out this year; however, I never would have predicted the size of lead he had for much of the season.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?

I think it will be either the Vikings or the Militia but it's too much of a toss up to say which team will prevail. They both have the personnel to do it.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?

Vikings repeat.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?

Although it isn't official yet, the potential for another first-round meeting with KTown excites me. Good luck to all of you. 

 

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QUINSTONE

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?
Quite disappointing. I went into the season expecting a number of young players on my roster to show some growth from the beginning of the year however this was not the case.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Depth. Most of my players have gone through a number of missed games this season and I expected the young players on my roster to step up and somewhat replace missed games. This did not happen. My defense has also been extremely underwhelming, going from top in the FHL last year to near the bottom has not impressed me.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Retool my team and move out players I don't see as necessary in the future.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
At this point pretty well everyone including goalies.
- What would be the starting price for these players?
Depends on the player someone is asking about, I'm open to making some big deals or blockbusters. Some changes are needed.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
I like where my goaltending is at as well as where my forwards are sitting right now. There is still plenty of room for growth in those areas as well. I would like to fix up my defense however, I took too many gambles in the offseason here.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Probably the Rattleheads, I didn't realize they were so high in the standings. Nicely done.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?
I'm going to go with the Vikings, they seem to be a model of consistency that keeps on chugging.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
I'll go with the Vikings again.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Let's make it a fun trade deadline!



Pre-deadline surveys : Tdizzy, Chucker, and Crott

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-22 12:21:39

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TDIZZY

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
underwhelming to say the least. Bold moves made last season in an attempt to improve did not pan out.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
goaltending.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
would be nice to move out of the bottom 5 but that's hope on hope...

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
Patrick Kane.
Starting goaltender would be a good start
What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Goaltending and the forward position are my main concerns

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
at the bottom of the standings, nothing surprises me

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Can't see up that far in the standings to have an opinion

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
what are playoffs?

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Yes. Jerseys belong on you, not on the ice. You tend to see a lot of that when your team is bad.

 

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CHUCKER

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
To be honest I expected a drop off by quite a bit but not to this extent. I expected to be in or around a top ten spot but that was largely dependent on goaltending and Ramo has been really an afterthought in Calgary with Hiller playing so well. That was a known risk in trading Crawford and that a temporary set back might be in the cards. With Ramo going UFA and Ortio in the wings, I think next year we can depend on those much needed goalie points.

Key injuries to guys like Kane and others have resulted in incomplete seasons and that is a weakness on the team. It'll be something I look to change up at the deadline and over summer.


What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?

I think we are hanging around and that's good but we will still finish in the bottom ten. That certainly wasn't the expectation when we traded our first from this year but it's the reality. The Stingers are full of tweeners that have terrific potential and the real need is to get full seasons of 82 games from a full roster. Currently we have too many prospects that are up and down but will be full time NHLers. Hopefully that happens next season.

D and goal are the two things I focussed on shoring up and that looks to be amongst the best in the league once Ramo and Ortio get more established. Forwards are not going to be flashy but need to be more consistent. Again, that's likely just a developmental thing for now.


Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?

Not really. We have added to our fullest ability and I am very happy with the pick ups in guys like Jooris and Everberg as well as Ortio. It's just a patience game right now for the Stingers.


Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?

This is the FHL and all players are open to being traded. The quality of FHLPPG/Million is going to dictate the terms, just like the rest of you money puckers!! :D
What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Forward needs to come down in terms of the number of guys on the active roster. I am full of guys who produce at a steady pace but as mentioned earlier, they need to give a bit more and establish themselves in full time roles. We're in transition this year. Hopefully that pays off next season. Contract flexibility would be nice as we have a lot of cap room.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Crott to an extent. Former Stingers Bergenheim and Desharnais are working out well for him. Milita is having a sublime season. I'm also very impressed with the Chiefs and Tigers emergence as top contenders.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 

The Vikings, unfortunately, have found another gear. It's going to be hard to catch them I feel. Looks like another year of pickled Herring being tossed at the rest of us. :P

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?

I'm going to go with the Rattleheads. I like their build.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?

Just that it's always a pleasure and that I have lots of cap room.

 

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CROTT

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
The Rattleheads have exceeded my expectations, after my strong finish last year I thought I would be battling for 10th.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
My young forwards Nyquist, Zucarello, Lee, and Monahan Producing. And the moves I made to maintain my defensive production while lowering cap costs. Kulikov for Alzner, and picking up Mark Stuart on waivers to replace the suspended Voynov. And picking up Klingberg as a UFA, after missing out on other players at UFA and early in the season he has been a great pick up.


Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Maintain current position, as I do not have my first rounder again this year.


Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
I have been sending out some proposals since the new year, players avilable are Bergenhiem, Parenteau, Mitchell, and Emelin.

- What would be the starting price for these players?
Bergenhiem I'm looking for a early second (22-30th overall) or maybe a late first if your willing. Parenteau is open to offers, not looking for a major return just something useful. Mitchell is what he is, will be waived upon request. I'm open to offers on Emelin, the only thing is I'm not looking to take on salary as I have a lot of RFA's this offeseason, and Monahan is a RFA next year.


What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
With the retirement of Nabokov, I am looking for a back up goalie, and I am open to offers on Lehtonen (looking for a starter in return).


Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
As others have said the Militia (and the Chiefs as well), from the middle of the back to battling with the Vikings for 1st is a major improvement.


Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
I think the Vikings have the chance to repeat, but the Militia are one good week away so anything can happen.


Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
This ones hard to judge if a teams star players slump, its all over.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
I want to thank Racki and Noroil for their efforts this season keeping things running smoothly. And Thanks to the other GM's for being quick to respond to trade proposals.



Pre-deadline surveys : Metal&Oil, gr8one, and NorwegianOiler

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-21 01:04:41 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-23 09:32:43)

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METAL&OIL

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?
-Somewhat What I expected

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
-Cap Space & Lack of movement

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
-Do well in the playoffs

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
-Ward, Kadri, Markov & Perreault

What would be the starting price for these players?
-A lot...........

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
-Forward

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
-Militia & Rattleheads

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?
-Vikings

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
-Tigers

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
-See ya at the draft............

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BULLDOGS

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 

About what I expected. My offense has not been what I had hoped but then my defense has exceeded expectations. Halak has finally given me the season I thought he had in him but then despite great underlying numbers, playing behind an inconsistent team and injury has robbed me of much need goalie points from Mason.

All said though, about on par with my expectations.


What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?

My defense has been exceptional, exceeding expectations.


Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?

Not really...just maintain and hopefully make a late season push when injured players start bouncing back and hopefully some of my veteran forward stars can make a late season push.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 

I'm always open to offers, no real "untouchables"...that being said, they might not come cheap. I definitely have a craving to do a sort of youth movement so my older players might be had for good value in younger players or futures.

- What would be the starting price for these players?

Ask and ye shall find out.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 

No real specific area other than maybe the youth movement I talked about above.


Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?

I gotta say Crott's team by far, really impressed with his improvement this season. Kudos and congratulations to him. On the flip side, the Gladiators decline has surprised as well.


Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 

Vikings. *spits*


Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?

Magic 8 ball says the Militia.


Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?

Nope, just <3.

 

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NORWEGIANOILER

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
Generally pleased. We started off a bit slow, as has been our modus operandi every season to date. I am happy to have caught up to the roaring Militia who stayed fifteen to fourty points ahead for most of the first half of the campaign. Clearly, it's not over yet, and we've got a very well constructed team in the Bulldogs ready to make chase. There's still hope for the Chiefs, too, I think, but they would likely have to make some long-term for short-term trades in order to mount a serious challenge. 


What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Appropriate sacrifices have been made to the Norse gods. Also: good overall depth. The lack of absolutely elite players has been effectively countervailed by having steady second-tier producers like Wheeler, Parise, or Bergeron. This is also the first season we've enjoyed four top notch defensemen, although three of the four have been (or are) injured for several weeks. While it took some trading and tweaking, goaltending has been very good. 


Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Stay in first place - loot and pillage - and win the playoffs. 


Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?

As it is with any contender, we continually have to address cap problems. That means teams with more room may be able to shake loose a few top end players. Players on solid contracts with term left are likely going to be hard to pry off my hands, but a package for a scoring forward will be intently listened to. 


What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
I'd like to add another quality defenseman, but do not feel any rush to do so. Overall I must address contract inflation, which means making trades where I either concede quality for quantity, or quality for an inferior yet more affordable player. These are trades I detest making, because the return so quickly vanishes into nothing whereas a top player is typically more dependable, but there's no use in having benched star players, such as...say...having Rick Nash and Kris Letang play cards on the bench, eh, Jfrizzio?

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
The Rattleheads have quietly improved much from previous years. I know Crott to be keenly interested in prospects and up-and-comers and it's paying off for him. The Chiefs have planted his team where I believe it belongs in the standings, credit to him for that. Even though I mentioned the Militia as outside contenders in the pre-season survey, I cannot be anything but absolutely gobsmacked with how strong that roster is this year. Everyone firing at fhlppg clips, it's just the cap space that denies Jfrizzio the throne so far. 

Moreover, I am surprised that last season's title chasers Gladiators and Mustangs have fallen off the charts so badly. They had it all going on last year and some regression was expected, but I didn't see them fall outside of the top eight-to-ten range. 


Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
I have confidence that the Vikings shall win the title. Not because we're a powerhouse team, but because we're a well rounded one. Still, I can't take many more key injuries with Vatanen and Johnson out for at least a month already. Lose a top forward now and we're scrambling into the trade market with our future at play. 


Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
It's a more open contest, naturally, but that's the nature of the playoffs. Teams with solid goalies have an ace that could topple any team during the course of a week. The Tigers, Chiefs, and Serpents have those stellar netminders and could put together strong weekly stats. You cannot overlook the Tarasenko-factor with the Militia. Nonetheless, this is a contest where the Heatwave have gone far every season. Ktown is the one to beat, but we're the one's that will do it. 

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