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2013-14 FHL PLAYOFFS! Round 1 (March 10th to 16th)

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-03-09 23:42:01 (updated by Racki on 2014-03-16 21:43:24)

UPDATED FOR END OF ROUND 1: ROUND WINNERS IN BOLD..

Finally it has come. Playoff time. The FHL deadline passed by relatively quietly, but noise is to be expected now that the FHL enters its first official playoff campaign. Last year's unofficial champion was the Heatwave, who are certainly among the favourites, but several teams have produced good results the past few weeks and it appears that several matchups are poised for a tight race. Good luck, everyone.

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page. The first round matchups are as follows:

 

Mustangs Logo versus Tigers Logo

(68.375)                 -                (71.75)

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Gladiators Logo versus Raiders Logo

(69.5)                  -                (64.575)

 

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Vikings Logoversus Stingers Logo

(68.15)                 -                (54.875)

 

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Bulldogs Logo versus Militia Logo

(62.4)                 -                (53.55)

 

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Heatwave Logo versus Serpents Logo

(75.05)                 -                (60.6875)

 

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Rhinos Logo versus Lakers Logo

(58.225)                 -                (53.275)

 

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Megasus Logo versus Bombers Logo

(64.525)                 -                (49.125)

 

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 Burninators Logo versus Rebels Logo

 (54.3)                 -                (50.725)

 

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FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Tso of the Dragons

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-03-07 13:26:58

Team Logo

A rather abbreviated version of the survey follows from the (presumably busy with rebuilding) GM tso.

 

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
I didn't change the team name and the current name is fine for me.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
I didn't participate in the original draft

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
N/A

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
Joe Thornton

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
Forwards

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
Defense, big and dead weight contracts

* What are your immediate goals as GM of your team? What stage of the competitive
process do you see yourself in? (Rebuild, win now, balanced approach, etc.)
Rebuild

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
Same as what I have currently.


* What NHL team would you compare your roster to? (Think, perhaps, in terms of physicality, positional strengths, results, etc.)
Maple Leafs!

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets, is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?
Still trying to rebuild. So no comments. :)


* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
N/A

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
N/A

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
Racki, he was near the bottom of the league at the beginning of the season and he's now currently sitting at #8

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?
N/A

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
- Is that the same team you believe will win the playoffs as well? Why/why not?
Mustangs. Yup, he has Sidney Crosby on the team. LOL.
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* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
Different than traditional fantasy league. People are really active in the forums and actively looking for trades

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
At first, I login quite often, but I haven't done so recently since there aren't many changes I can do with my team at the moment. Trades proposals were presented but they didn't fix my team's problem.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
Instead of 35 players + prospects, reduce it down to 28 + prospects. That will prevent people from hoarding players

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
Waiver wire should stay the same.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL?
N/A


FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: rhbdken of the Lugers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-03-06 22:47:53

 

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* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?

The original franchise name was the Icedogs, which was inspired by my love of creating a fictious hockey team called the Saskatoon Ice Dogs in old EA Sports NHL Games. However due to recent changes in development and many mistakes with that organization during my first few years we have rebranded as the Lugers. Now a Luger is a German hand gun as well as the last name of a famous wrestler from the 90’s. This is where the inspiration of this name came about from. Also I think we are one of the first sports teams to sport this moniker

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?

Sergei Kostitsyn- (Pending release of contract this offseason due to his bolting from the NHL)
Jason Chimera – (Great 3rd line support winger)

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?

My biggest surprise in the draft that year was getting a solid 3 forwards in the first 3 rounds, but getting Chimera in the last round was a steal I find. My biggest regret was not getting a defenceman or goaltender with a top 6 pick, which is one of the reasons this team has regressed down the standings.

* Who is the face of your franchise?

Without a doubt it currently is Phil Kessel. Being one of the top 20 forwards in the NHL today and scoring at a point per game.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?

This season has been the first year of true committed rebuilding and I feel we have done a great job. We have managed to get all our original draft picks back so we can control our destiny. As well we have solidified our goaltending for years to come with Miller and Scrivens.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?

Forwards is the position we lack much of any support outside a top 3 players. This is something we may have to address via Free Agency and Draft this summer. Also adding a top 2 defenceman would be ideal.

* What are your immediate goals as GM of your team? What stage of the competitive
process do you see yourself in? (Rebuild, win now, balanced approach, etc.)

We are full gear in the rebuild currently and we have assed our goaltending and defencemen this year. We are very comfortable with what we have going forward. 3 of the best young defenceman prospects in the game today play for our organization and we couldn’t be prouder.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?

Derek Roy – Travis Zajac – Phil Kessel
Scott Hartnell – Shawn Thornton – Ryan Clowe
Jesse Winchester – Travis Moen – Jason Chimera
Mikael Samuelsson – Mark Arcobello – James Sheppard
Erik Gudbranson – Jared Cowen
Karl Alzner – Calvin De Haan
Johnny Boychuk – Marc Methot
Ryan Miller
Ben Scrivens

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to?
We are a very young and developing team with potential but not immediate results today. I would say just based on this we would be very similar to the Buffalo Sabres organization (but witl more direction)

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets, is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?

Finding a focus has been key. My first two years were very distracted and I feel I made too many poor moves for this organization which have hurt more then made things better. This season I have made better moves and everything I have done has had one thing in mind.

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?

The Stingers have called us out and we do realize we have made mistakes which have caused this team to be the bottom of the standings. We now realize a direction and hope to make them pay in the next few seasons for throwing our team under the bus

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?

The Tavares trade made no sense to me but then again I can’t talk. I gave up on Malkin and Ovechkin with no return to the team to boost our performance. So to be fair I will say my trades ache on terrible but hopefully going forward the majority of the trades will benefit the team for the future.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?

Even though they have had issues this season, there is a reason the Heatwave have won two straight FHL cups. They have an amazing core of players getting the most from all positions. This is a team that the Lugers strive to be someday.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?

The Bulldogs are getting the most out of a roster that just isn’t quite up to par with many of the others in the league. With no clear goaltender and lots of overachieving forwards they find themselves a playoff contender more years then not

The Milita are a team I feel should be in contention ever year for the title yet they are near the bottom half of the standings. Usually it’s one key thing that has hurt the team, but they have a great roster which will hopefully move them up the standings in the coming years.

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
The Gladiators will pull through to win the league season this year however I feel that with Stamkos back the Heatwave will pull through to claim their 3rd consecutive league title
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* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
I enjoy the interaction of the game and saying I found and made these players. If feels exciting to see a talent you believe in succeed in hockey and have the support that you have had for him since the start.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
I try to visit once a day but life does happen and I do go through large periods of inactivity. This has been cut down a lot since this season due to a rejuvenated focus on the franchise.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
I would like to see less 2nd/3rd round draft picks as this does effect player development as they are more a waste of time to put a roster spot for someone who may not play for 3-6 years in pro hockey

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
The way the site is run is great, i don’t think I have seen a better system but I am open to change as long as it’s positive in the long run.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL?
Stay true to your team!



FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Haboiler of the Lakers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-28 11:17:36

 

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name? My Minor Hockey Team name was Lakers.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?

James Van Reimsdyk
RJ Umberger
Chris Higgins
Jared Spurgeon

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
That I traded so many good players away for the last few seasons! HaHa!

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise? Jordan Eberle and JVR

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength? No overall strength a few good offensive guys and D-men are ok to good with some good prospects on the way.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness? Goaltending and Cap Issues

* What are your immediate goals as GM of your team? What stage of the competitive
process do you see yourself in? (Rebuild, win now, balanced approach, etc.)

Win now Baby! Gotta get out of the middle of the pack and move into the elite.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?

JVR-Hodgson-Eberle
Umberger-Atkinson-Iginla
Higgins-Stoll-Johnson
Desjardins-Bournival-Fleishman

Phaneuf-Martin
Wideman-Stuart
Spurgeon-Barrie

Talbot-Johnson

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to? (Think, perhaps, in terms of physicality, positional strengths, results, etc.)
Columbus or Tampa?

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets, is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM? To be an elite team.

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why? Everyone in the 6-15 range

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that? All of my bad deals!

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why? Heatwave because he sucks me into bad deals all the time.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion? The Bombers are on their way back.

Underachievers? Lakers

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
Gladiators – Reg Season and Heatwave for Playoffs.
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* What do you enjoy most about the FHL? Love it tremendously. Lots of good people and activity.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week? Daily.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change? Not a thing.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing? A little increase on the waiver wire limit for cap purposes, at least more flexibility with those on ELCs.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL? Best Pool in the World!



FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Tdizzy of the Devils

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-24 22:45:56 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-28 11:15:08)



* What is the reason you chose your particular team name? Previous guy chose it and it worked for me.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?

2. Patrick Kane
11. Mike Smith
13. Patrick Elias
20. Brandon Yip


* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
(If you did not partake in the inaugural draft - assess, if you like, the original owner of the club's choices)

Judging what my predecessor did, it's a tossup getting Tavares as the last pick in the first round or Hossa at No.9 as the surprise pick. But to get Tavares and Kane 1-2... that's impressive.

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise? Patrick Kane including that curly mullet of his...

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength? Well i don't have much but the forward position has gotten slightly better

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness? everything

* What are your immediate goals as GM of your team? What stage of the competitive
process do you see yourself in? (Rebuild, win now, balanced approach, etc.)

Depth was a real issue when I inherited this team... still working on it.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?

Alfredsson - Spezza - Kane
Elias - Koivu - Torres
MacKenzie - Stajan - Santorelli
Smyth - Cogliano - Garbutt

Grossmann - Hamonic
Timonen - Weaver
Irwin - Benoit

Smith - Jones (not generic names at all...)

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to? (Think, perhaps, in terms of physicality, positional strengths, results, etc.)
Carolina? Not enough top end guys, good grit in the bottom six... a pretty much no name defense.

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets, is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM? to be a playoff team.

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why? anyone who is a mid level team as I can't compete with the big boys yet

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that? That guy that traded Tavares. The return may not have looked good but when you lack depth, you have to do what you have to do to improve your team.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why? The Heatwave. Why? They are back to back champions. It's about staying at the top and maintaining it.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion? The Gladiators are a big surprise to me because he overhauled his team big time... but it paid off cuz he's on top of the mountain.

Underachievers? Can I include myself?

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?

I'll go with the Gladiators. He's got a good mix of players there.
- Is that the same team you believe will win the playoffs as well? Why/why not?

And I choose him to take it all... why not?


* What do you enjoy most about the FHL? Most in depth pool I've ever done. Keeps me on my toes and makes me watch more hockey than I normally do.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week? 1-2

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change? No thought comes to mind right now.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing? The lineup system. I don't think more detail needs to be added to lineups.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL? None because all I can think about right now is eating dinner. :D



FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Samson of the Thunder

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-22 23:51:55

 

Time for the man with the coolest name concept in the league - Samson's Thunder.

 

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
While I now know that the name Thunder has more to do with Thor than with the Biblical God, it was the Biblical one I was thinking of. I liked the name and felt it fit well with the story of my namesake.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
Confer: http://forum.puttingonthefoil.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=8
21. THUNDER (samson): Henrik Zetterberg
26. THUNDER (samson): Taylor Hall
67. THUNDER (samson): Tyler Myers
118. THUNDER (samson): Cal Clutterbuck
205. THUNDER (samson): Jeff Petry
343. THUNDER (samson): Valtteri Filppula
398. THUNDER (samson): Jack Skille
403. THUNDER (samson): Mikael Backlund
443. THUNDER (samson): Tomas Kopecky
448. THUNDER (samson): Brian Gionta
I also still have Robin Lehner who was signed before the first season started, and Cory Emmerton who was signed the first week of that season.

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
Definitely Yandle.

- What is your biggest regret, and what is your proudest pick from that draft?
Biggest regret I would have to say picking Kipprusoff in the 4th round instead of Tuuka Rask. I was hoping that Rask would still be available for my next pick, and I wanted a guaranteed starter, but that backfired pretty bad. I wish I hadn't taken Myers so early either.
For proudest picks, I actually like most of them, but Backlund was likely one of the best for location.

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
While Zetterberg is the Captain of the Thunder, Hall is the face.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
Probably my upper talent at Forward with guys like Hall, Zetterberg, Filppula, Hertl, Backlund, and others. or maybe my young talent with guys like Hall, Herl, Brodin, Barkov, Trouba, Samuelsson, Dumba, and Lehner.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
Goaltending. I really like Lehner, and think he'll be a fantastic goalie, but he's not there yet.

* What are your immediate goals as GM of your team? What stage of the competitive
process do you see yourself in? (Rebuild, win now, balanced approach, etc.)
Rebuild. I'm a huge draft nut, and after the first season I decided that my team would be good, but not good enough to truly compete for the cup, so I blew it up. I was hoping to make the playoffs this year, but it looks like it may take another year.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
Hall, Zetterberg, Hertl
Barkov, Filppula, Backlund (my all Center line)
Clutterbuck, Koivu, Gionta
Emmerton, Horcoff, Kopecky

Bouwmeester, Brodin
Hjalmarsson, Petry
Myers, Trouba

Lehner
Enroth

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to? (Think, perhaps, in terms of physicality, positional strengths, results, etc.)
No idea maybe the Oilers at the begining of the year. Look better on paper, but killed by their Goaltending. results wise may work too as they sucked before, but are slowly improving (we hope)

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets - is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?
I'm always looking forward at least one year, planning who to drop, draft etc. and how that will affect my overall roster.

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
Spartans for sure. Even from before when they were the Panthers we've been close in the standings every year, and then there's the fact that we're friends in real life.

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
There's been quite a few, like everyone else I was shocked by the Tavares trade, Then all those times I see a guy clear waivers only to be traded for something useful.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
Probably KTown, hard to argue against the only league Champion.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?
I don't really look at others rosters (except when I'm trying to put a trade proposal together), so I can't speak to achievement based on that, but, for underachievers this season I would say KTown (Though he still has time), and the Dragons (if you can't beat the Lugers and Spartans, something must be wrong).

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
Just to tick everyone else off I'll say the Heatwave.
- Is that the same team you believe will win the playoffs as well? Why/why not?
If the Heatwave do somehow pull off the 3peat then yes, as that would mean that they got really hot at the right time.


* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
As I said I'm a huge draft guy, so I really enjoy drafting my own players and then seeing how they turn out. Good example is Trouba, I was really high on him in the draft that year, and was ecstatic to get him where I did, and enjoyed following his college/World Junior career. Same with Samuelsson, and others, even the ones that don't look like they're going to turn out. I've also found that this pool has helped me be more of a hockey fan, which is important since the Oilers have been so awful.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
The first thing I do every morning during the season is to check the standings, and I check the news multiple times a day.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
I would like to get rid of waivers for players with an ELC. I would also like an option to buy a player out (would need a penalty of some sort for sure).

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
The scoring system for one, I like that PIM's don't count, but hits and blocked shots do.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL?
This pool is fantastic, love the "fellowship" Thanks Guys

Samson