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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. 

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

Thank you all for taking part, for writing replies, and competing for the greatest trophy in hockey - the Norack Cup. 

 



Pre-deadline surveys : Haboiler, Ktown, and Dawgtoy

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-21 00:30:49 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2015-02-23 09:33:17)

 

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HABOILER

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?
I’m a little disappointed but have been happier a bit lately. Need more out of some key offensive players.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
The lack of a #1 goaltender for the entire year has hurt. Hutchinson has been a great pickup and his stellar play has really helped in the 2nd half of the season.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
I would like to move my 4 first rounders for some actual decent players. Not scrubs.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
- What would be the starting price for these players?
I’m open to listening on everyone but I’m wanting to spurn a retool and not a rebuild. Hoping these 4 first rounders, in this draft, will bring quality players that will turn this thing around quickly.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
Goaltending, goaltending, goaltending… and another scoring forward.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Militia and Bulldogs.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?
I think the Bulldogs are going to sweep up for the win!

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Militia will get it done.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Love the league, allows us Oiler fans something to keep us interested during the season. Everyone is great but would be better with a few more trades!

 

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Team LogoKTOWN

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

I think as highly about my team’s performance similar to the distance I could kick wet shit…

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Some guys are really having sub-par seasons – especially top end guys. Injuries of late to key players has also taken its toll. Starting goalie, 3 different top-6 players, top rookie, 2 different top-2 defenceman. That’s going to take a toll.

Some unsung heroes (Bouma, Bernier) are having better than expected seasons which helps, but there aren’t enough guys meeting expectations.


Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Try to stay in the top 10, and make waves during playoffs. At this point of the season, and the level of dissatisfaction all around, that’s about as concrete as I get.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
Anybody not named Stamkos or Seguin.

- What would be the starting price for these players?
In most cases, I’m looking to improve, so the likelihood is a package for a package. Doubtful I’d entertain any 1 for 1 deals, because there’s usually little to no benefit.

As for Niemi and Howard, they’re both good starters, but the potential for Fucale and Broissoit in the future may make them redundant and expensive. That said, I’d want another goalie that can play games and fill the gap for a couple of seasons if either of these two was in the mix.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future? 
Anything that isn’t working. Most likely finding depth guys with reasonable contracts that can actually contribute.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
The Heatwave for how shitty they’ve been.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
It pains me to say, but the Vikings look strong again this season, and are getting good scoring from the depth up and down the roster. They’ll be tough.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
The Vikings.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
nothing printable...

 

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MUSTANGS

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

As expected, a few players grossly overachieved last season. I figure I'd be near exactly where I am to be honest.

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

Some very good players got major raises, which has left me capped out. I was hoping the cap would rise this off season, but no such luck. Some changes will occur, and I may surprise a few and move a star player.

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

The Mustangs have been in coast mode all season, but it's likely time to start making a few moves.

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

Stewart, Steen, Jagr, Anisimov...Even perhaps Subban or Crosby.

- What would be the starting price for these players?

Looking for a first rounder, don't have one. Prospects or youth. If you're making an offer on a star player, you'd better knock my socks off. Turds will be flushed without comment. If you peek my interest we'll discuss.

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

Cap space is my biggest weakness, though I'll likely address that in short order.


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

I'm impressed with the Rattleheads and Tigers, the rest are where I would have assumed they'd be.


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

May the best team win. I always cheer for the underdog, sorry Vikes.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?

I'm not a playoff fan, The season champ is the true champion IMO. Winning the playoffs is the same as winning a coin toss or shootout. To me it's a small sample size, and really any team is capable of winning. To win the season means you've won a marathon.


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

None

 



FHL Breaking News: League reduction planned. Former Lugers fold, Rebels become Arcadians.

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-01-09 10:58:31

 

Following lengthy absences in recent seasons we have found it necessary to replace the GM of the Rebels, Mlab90. For the sake of the league it is necessary that people take the time to check in every so often to update rosters and reply to trade proposals. Even though a change is necessary, I would like to thank Mlab for his contributions to our league since its inauguration three seasons ago.

A few weeks ago, Lugers' GM rhbdken announced that he would have to hand over his team as he was unable to commit fully to the franchise. At the time the FHL front office did not know the Rebels would also be managerless in the near future. The Lugers were promptly replaced by new GM "mcsorley". 

After some discussion, however, the FHL front office has agreed to reduce the number of teams in the FHL to 22. Since we have a long-term keeper league our rosters must naturally accomodate future prospects, but having a relatively large roster size has the side-effect of diluting the talent pool across the league. The rationale behind reducing the teams to 22 is to better disperse the talent pool by holding a reduction draft after the current season. That we will have an even number of teams also gives us future options with regards to, inter alia, matching up teams with each other.

We have decided to allow the Rebels-franchise to live on and fold the Lugers franchise as part of the reduction. The goal is to allow the bottom teams an influx of talent to increase parity in the league. The Lugers has a shallower talent pool than the Rebels, so re-drafting the Lugers would mean that its talent would largely just benefit the bottom teams - which would pick first in a reduction-draft. We allow mcsorley, our newest GM, to take control over the Rebels seeing as the two franchises have become available in such a short time span.

 

The result is thus as follows: Mcsorley takes control over the Rebels, which are duly renamed Arcadians. The former Lugers will once again be named Lugers and will be run by Racki and I as best as we can (no trades, signings, or waivers though) until the post-season. Between free agency on July 1st and our Entry Draft we will hold a reduction draft based on our final standings (no lottery pick will be given).

Let it also be clear that you are all under the FHL honor code, which means creepy things that creepeth will be released upon thee if you do such things as sin, like to tank, even if it is for McJesus and a Luger.



FHL Information: Playoff cutoff 2014-15

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-12-30 01:07:23

The final games of the NHL regular season are played on Saturday, April 11th. As in previous years, the FHL playoffs are conducted parallel to the finish of our regular season. The top 16 teams after the games on Sunday, March 8th will match up against each other in traditional fashion: 1st vs 16th, 2nd vs 15th, and so on. Each matchup will last a week of NHL action, while the final matchup lasts a week plus the shortened final week of NHL regular season action.

So:
Playoff round 1: Week 11 (Beginning March 9th)

Playoff round 2: Week 12 (Beginning March 16th)

Playoff round 3: Week 13 (Beginning March 23rd)

Playoff Final: Week 14 & 15 (Beginning March 30th, finish April 11th)

 

The FHL trade deadline follows the NHL schedule and is set to Monday, March 2nd.



FHL Gazette: Christmas roundup

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-12-23 00:10:30 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-12-30 02:10:36)

Christmas update: As members of the FHL rejoice at temporarily escaping the ruling clutches of the Vikings, another reign of supremacy is underway. At this time last season, the Militia were stuck at the bottom end of the standings, struggling just to make the playoffs. Now, however, they are as dominating as the Mustangs and Gladiators were at the half-way point of last season.

Soothsayers and prophets crawl out from under their rocks to claim in hindsight that they all saw it coming, that the Milita was destined to reach their potential eventually. Led by emerging stars Tarasenko, Johansen, and Tatar, Jfrizzio's crew are blossoming into a contender.

Nearly as impressive are the Chiefs, whose position at this stage a year ago was outside of the playoffs at 17th. Having a healthy Pekka Rinne and a breakout Brock Nelson is certainly helping Zack to mount a serious title challenge in a difficult environment. Perennial contenders Heatwave and Bulldogs are lurking in the shadows just behind the top three.

Moreover, the Rattleheads have quietly set themselves up for a successful campaign after barely treading water all of last year. Crott's underrated team will seek to build upon this early success to put up a strong playoff campaign and a good regular season finish.

The Tigers are back aided by supplying Lundqvist with a proper goaltending colleague. The Canucks' flying start has given Ryan Miller a new spring in the FHL.

The surprises of last season, Mustangs and Gladiators, have had opposite trajectories. After impressive campaigns last year, both have fallen out of the top 5 and are closer to missing the playoffs than winning the title. Are they in the running for McJesus?

Still, we're barely over one third into the season with much action yet in front of us. Most teams are a clever trade or two away from climbing over the tightly packed pile of mediocrity that occupy the mid-table. To battle!



2014-2015 Pre-season survey: NorwegianOiler's Vikings

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-27 14:03:12

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
The Vikings finished on top. Finally. It took some work to correct the mistakes that were made during the inaugural draft. I overemphasised the usefulness of established NHL checking liners and what I perceived to be cost efficient and safe players. The result was a lineup with too many Stolls, Gleasons, and McCormicks. Numerous trades later the Vikings are a far better team, albeit quite top heavy. The main reason we finished first eventually was due to being stacked at forward, while keeping pace on defense, and acquiring another starting goalie in Steve Mason during the year. Several key performers were on silky smooth deals, i.a. Duchene at some 3.5M, Moulson at 3.33M, and Mason at 1.5M. The Vikings were quite far behind even in February and March, but our key players kept putting up solid numbers and turned the campaign into success just in time.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
A few things, mainly dropping some dead bodies we had carried around since the inaugural season. We've just traded Steve Mason to allow for Darcy Kuemper to ascend to a starting role with the Vikings - a risk with the reward of saving some salary in the process. That is much needed as the Vikings have many well-paid NHL regulars. New to the roster are, most notably, the likes of Jiri Sekac, Dmitri Jaskin, and more recently through trade Andrew Shaw, Michael Raffl, and Kevin Hayes. In addition to mercilessly seeking new blood this year, we've added future pieces like Nikolai Ehlers and have two first rounders in this season's ostensibly deep draft. Basically, it's the same team coming back for more plunder - with the biggest change being the inflated salaries of certain members of the Viking warband. 


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I'd like to say I'm happy with top three, but I know that I will be disappointed with anything less than a repeat, ideally taking both the league and the playoff titles again. It takes a lot, and injuries and form may sink a team without trace. Viktor Hedman is already out for an extended period, but there is depth in the roster to stay afloat still. If all else fails, I will find solace in finishing above my main rivals the Tigers and Heatwave.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster
Parise - Duchene - Wheeler

Kunitz - Bergeron - Marchand

Perron - Shaw - Gallagher

Bennett - Girgenssons - Raffl

* Moulson, Jaskin, Martin, Hayes, Sekac

 

Hedman - Johnson

Edler - Vatanen

Merrill - Stuart

* Pysyk, Harrison

 

Schneider

Kuemper

 

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Most of my forwards need to produce near their career averages for the Vikings to stand a chance. We have no Stamkos or Quick, who typically produce elite numbers. It is also vital that both my netminders keep getting games and play reasonably well.


Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Sami Vatanen is in the process of breaking out offensively, while young guys like Bennett (if ever he gets healthy), Jaskin (should he crack the Blues roster), and Sekac may provide much needed depth to our roster. Once the Sabres get back on their feet, Zemgus Girgenssons could put up nice FHL stats. In time I have high hopes for Nik Ehlers.


What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
The Vikings are built to kill. It's eighties hockey, wildly and perhaps naïvely offensive. The forward corps is among the best in the FHL. We lack defensive depth, although the top four are typically productive. We're somewhat vulnerable in net, having only one established starter in addition to a up-and-comer in Kuemper.


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The Heatwave refuse to cool off and is likely to be top three at the very least. The Tigers, Mustangs, and Bombers have started well enough, but depending on injuries I see teams like the Rhinos, Militia, and Bulldogs pushing into the top five. These teams have different challenges as I see it. A few lack enough depth to make the final push, whereas others simply lack cap space to ice all their top players. Personally, I'd like to see the Militia take the next step, but they might need to disperse some wealth to maximise their output.


Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
The goalieless teams are going to struggle by the looks of it. The Lakers, Spartans, and Thunder will despair at their league position but salivate at the draft. If they still have their first rounders come June 2015 that is.


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

I took note of the fact that very few GMs mentioned the Vikings as their favorite to win during the trade deadline survey last season. But I suspect you keep your signal firewood dry now.