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FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Our lord and master Racki of the Bombers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-14 01:23:32 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-14 09:55:48)

The turn has come to our lord and master Racki. His team may be dubious, but his programming is quality! 

 

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
“The Bombers” name comes from the movie Youngblood. In Youngblood, Racki was the antagonist to “Dean Youngblood” who played for the Mustangs (where Dawgtoy’s team name came from, as named by Mr. Majestyk).

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
Christian Ehrhoff
Max Pacioretty
Simon Despres
Zack Kassian
Mark Visentin
Jiri Hudler

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
Keith Yandle at 6th overall, easily.

- What is your biggest regret, and what is your proudest pick from that draft?
Biggest regret: I guess not focusing more on older guys who have a more proven track record (i.e., I was really in search of long shot youth and overlooked guys who still had a good 3 or more years in them). Proudest pick: Probably because he’s been so valuable and was picked in the 2nd last round, Jiri Hudler.

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
Probably Max Pacioretty. He puts up good points and brings a fairly complete game, with a pretty rock solid cap hit. Only problem is he is oft injured. But he still outperforms most of the other Bombers players.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
The Bombers have been built for long term success and most of that is due to their penny pinching.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
Biggest weakness is definitely at goaltender, but that was the price we paid in order to save cap hit. The goaltenders the team has look to be fairly good, but not sure any of them will ever be full time starters let alone hold a candle to a Pekka Rinne.

* 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.)

This team is taking a balanced approach. For the most part, we’d like to win now. The Bombers really started off the season on a terrible note (sitting in second last for quite a while). I’m not sure if anyone has noticed the meteoric rise, but we are looking to reach the top ten before the playoffs. The goal has always been to make the playoffs, but we also take great pride at acquiring future centerpiece stars such as Mark Sheifele.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
Cole, Giroux, Hudler, Nichushkin, Nystrom, Ott, Pacioretty, Purcell, Read, Ryder, Scheifele, Soderberg
Beauchemin, Ehrhoff, Gonchar, Krug, Nikitin, Zidlicky
Greiss, Stalock

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to?
Probably Toronto… not likely to go anywhere, despite all the effort we put on this team. But damn, are the fans ever loud!

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets - is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?
Distract everyone while I scoop up all the young, less heralded stars like Matt Read, Carl Soderberg, Colton Sceviour (we hope).

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
I would have to say the Raiders, just based on our real life friendship, and that we drafted back to back, and seem to frequently be neck and neck in the standings (except for the start of this year).

* Have any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
I was pretty surprised to see John Tavares go.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
Probably have to give a tip of the hat to Quinstone. He comes in, rookie to the league, and starts talking to everyone like he’s Ray Shero… “Hey, I don’t want to have to do this, but I’ll take your superstar off your hands for my 4th line plugs… that should help you out”. Somehow, he winds up swindling even the shrewdest GM into making bad deals, and winds up at the top. I’ve learned: never deal with Quinstone, because he will automatically steal your pants in the trade, slap you in the ass, and send you home thinking you made out not too bad. “These aren’t the trades you’re looking for” *waves hand*.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?
Just because I have to pick a team, I’ll say Mustangs for overachiever. Who knew Alex Steen would explode? Jaromir Jagr is still a superstar at age 74?? Come on. Sidney Crosby? That guy still has a brain in there? I mean, really. Really. Full credit to Dawgtoy though for making this team a winner, for real. Last year: 16th.. this year (so far): 2nd. That’s a hell of an improvement.

For underachiever.. I expected the Spartans to be a much better team this year. I suspect he’ll get up there in due time though.

* 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?

Regular season: Quinstone will likely win it.
Playoffs: Bombers will win, duh. We’re rising up out of the ashes like a Phoenix. Hide your children.

 


* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
Its diversity, its complexity, and its uniqueness. I don’t think there are many, if any, hockey pools that exist that are so feature laden. It’s almost like an NHL GM simulator. It’s quite involved and complicated. It’s very interactive / social.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
I’d say I am on the site an average of 5 times a day. Sometimes a lot more. I’m actually probably on there a lot more than I realize though.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
I’d say maybe smaller team roster sizes to allow for some better player movement via free agency and such. But I guess this mirrors the NHL more. It would probably help the bottom feeding teams pull out of the bottom a bit easier though.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
Anything that creates loads of work for the guy that maintains this site. :P That, and I don’t want to change anything that waters the league down, or dumbs it down, making it too easy on people to do things.



FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Buckminster of the Spartans

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-13 01:41:56

Today's installment of the general manager feature presents another of the newcomers to the FHL: Buckminster.

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
My preferred team name would actually be the Panthers (High School) or Cougars (after the Prince George WHL Cougars), but I wanted to make my team my own, and that meant changing the name to something new. I then just went through a list of potential names and narrowed it down to Spartans and Road Runners. The tiebreaker was team logo, and I liked the Spartans one better.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
With round selected in brackets: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3), Devan Dubnyk (4), Dave Bolland (12). Others surviving since I took over the team: Ryan Malone, Roman Josi, and Dmitry Orlov. Malone and Bolland are both on my trade block if anyone is interested as well:D

* 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)
Biggest regret for me was that I wasn't part of the inaugural draft.

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
Right now I would have to say Ovechkin and RNH, though I'm hoping that one day Drouin &/or Seth Jones will be a part of that.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
I really like my defense going forward.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
Due to Dubnyk's implosion this year, goaltending. Though overall, maybe NHL depth, I've got lots of good prospects, but very few injury replacements.

* 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.)
Definitely in a rebuild, but my goal is to keep climbing the standings each year until I can compete for the cup.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
Ovechkin - RNH - King
Michalek - Bolland - Brunner
Roussel - Malone - Paajarvi
Flynn - Dvorak - Pageau
Josi - Carle
Streit - Campbell
Jones - Sarich
Khudobin
Dubnyk

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to?
Not sure, I think the Spartans have a really strong back end, good goaltending and a respectable top 2 lines, but no depth, and very poor results. Not sure who would compare...

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

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
Thunder for sure (Samson got me into this pool, and I just want to beat him). Other than that, not sure. Last year I would have said the Burninators with our little back and forth at the end of the season, but he's doing a lot better this year. How about I say every team to not make the playoffs...

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
Lots, most of the trades I see I don't understand why one guy would do that.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
Probably Quinstone or Dawgtoy, If I'm reading right they took over teams shortly before I did and like me completely remade their rosters. Unlike the lowly Spartans though, they were immediately successful:(.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?
Under Achievers: Spartans
Over achievers: Everyone higher than me in the standings of course.

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
Whichever current top 5 team sells their soul at the deadline and sacrifices their future (to me hopefully) to win now.

- Is that the same team you believe will win the playoffs as well? Why/why not?
No, due to selling their soul, they will romp through the first few rounds of the playoffs only to crash and burn in the last round.

* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
The combination of picking your team and watching to see how they do.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
I log on probably only 1 or 2 times a week, but I check the news and standings daily

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
I would like to have a second league that with the exact same format, so that I could go through an inaugural draft.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
Everything, I think it's pretty good as is, so why change anything.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL?
Sure, the Spartans have a few players that may be of great benefit to those teams in win now mode, so check out my trade block:D



FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: gr8one of the Bulldogs

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-12 01:50:53 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-12 05:19:26)

 

We continue our daily updates of FHL GMs, at least as far as I continue to get replies to the survey; and today I present one of the top GMs of our league, implied in name and explicit in performance: Gr8one.

Thanks to all who have answered so far, keep sending in your views and I'll keep putting them up for all to read!

 

What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
I wanted the name Bulldogs in homage of the “Syracuse Bulldogs” of the Federal Hockey league and in honour of the Federal league all time PIM leader and thug, Tim "Dr. Hook" McCracken, and the unforgettable Ogie Ogelthorpe. I had originally planned to go with a jersey that looked like that original teams but after struggling to make it the way I wanted I decided to go with what I currently have, with an eye on perhaps someday going with a “third” jersey dedicated to that legendary iconic team.



That is if I decide to keep the “Bulldogs” moniker, I am torn sometimes and have looked into the possibility of re-branding to something more befitting of my geographical location(Coastal, North Carolina). Perhaps Bullfrogs or 'Gators. Time will tell.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
36. BULLDOGS (gr8one): Ilya Bryzgalov
82. BULLDOGS (gr8one): Jaroslav Halak
128. BULLDOGS (gr8one): Jason Spezza
195. BULLDOGS (gr8one): Sean Couturier
413. BULLDOGS (gr8one): Mike Santorelli*
458. BULLDOGS (gr8one): Peter Regin*

* Left and subsequently re-acquired

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
- What is your biggest regret, and what is your proudest pick from that draft?

When I look back at the draft I can't really see anything that jumps out at me as a surprise so I can't really speak to that. As far as regret goes, I'd say that easily has to be Bryzgalov. I had a pretty good idea that goaltending was going to be a huge deal in the FHL and that having top goalies was going to be crucial to having a successful team. When I chose Bryz with my second pick, he had just come off two consecutive seasons that were outstanding and the Flyers looked to be a very up and coming team anchored by Pronger and a young dynamic forward corps, and with the signing Bryz I thought the Flyers were poised to become a powerhouse for many years, and his cap hit was comparatively decent compared to some other high end goalies...boy was I wrong. For my proudest pick, that's a tough one, Getzlaf is an easy choice, but that's obvious, and in a strange way Letang is a source of pride and disappointment at the same time since I feel he is one of the truly elite offensive catalysts in the game yet his style leads to so many injuries it minimizes his talents, and thus out of frustration(as well as big pay raise) of that issue I regrettably decided to trade him away. I truly feel bad for Letang, his family, and jfrizzio after hearing the news of him suffering a stroke, I hope he has a speedy recovery and comes back to have a lengthy, healthy career for the Militia.


* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
David Backes. Prior to me trading Getzlaf I'd have easily said him, it was very difficult trading away Getzlaf, he is everything that epitomizes what I want the Bulldogs to be as a team, big, mean, skilled and a born leader, but with the signing of Getzlaf's massive contract I thought it was necessary to go in a different direction that allowed more balance to my roster without having so much cap space devoted to one player. The acquisition of David Backes though really helped propel the Bulldogs forward and still have that same identity with him as the new face of the Franchise.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
Easily my group of forwards which have been battling the Vikings all season long for most points earned by forwards.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
Overall I'm pretty happy with my team, but right now I really wish I could squeeze some more points from my D-corps who are currently quite young. I've traded away some pretty high end defenceman in the pursuit of youth on my back end and although I have extremely high hopes for Ryan Murphy, Justin Faulk and to a lesser extent Travis Hamonic whom I perceive to become absolute stars in this league I fear they may be a season or two away from attaining that elite status. That being said, I'm pleased with my acquisition of Byfuglien, and Tanev looks like a nice young D, and I think Connor Carrick is going to develop into a high end offensive d-man, but I do admit to feel a longing for a high end point producing player back there.


* 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.)
Immediate goals I'd have to say would be to just come off this Olympic break healthy with my current roster players and really have a strong finish to the season, and then hopefully make a nice push toward the championship. I'm definitely in the “win-now” phase, , but I ALWAYS have an eye on balance and although I would love to make a push for the championship I also have some young pieces and valuable picks that I put a premium on going forward. The Bulldogs want to be a a perennial contender, so although I am currently of the win-now mindset, not at the cost of mortgaging a strong future.

With my young up and coming D corps, young forwards like Couturier, Coyle, Simmonds, Kruger and Shaw, plus highly skilled and dynamic prospects like Trocheck and Boucher as well as 3 first round picks in the next two years combined with my relative current success in the standings I feel I am getting close to that balance that I've been aiming for.


* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
This was tougher than I thought, I left some very good players off this list, would have loved to have Richards, Cogs and Penner, and of course Enstrom would have been nice to have on this list as well, but overall I think thise set of forwards would be pretty dominant and there's enough skill and youthful exuberance on the back end to hopefully compensate for the lack of experience.

Marleau Backes Simmonds
Vanek Spezza Semin
Johannsen Couturier Shaw
Raffl Kruger Coyle

Hamonic Byfuglien
Faulk Murray
Carrick Strait

Halak
Raanta

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to?
There are a few teams that come to mind immediately, and all for the same reason really, big, heavy teams with a strong group of forwards, St. Louis, San Jose, L.A. And of course the Ducks...but if I had to pick one, I'd probably have to say the Ducks, similar skill sets in the forward ranks and a relatively young unproven D corps

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets -, is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?
Balance, balance, balance... it's just one big balancing act, just always in search of finding the right mix of cap money, defense, offense and of course goaltending, and it doesn't end there, I think the rosters need to have a nice balance of age, with a steady stream of good prospects, young players that are cheap and of course established veterans that you can count on.


* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
There are a few teams that I take great joy in looking at below me in the standings, Racki, Chucker and K-town...just because it looks so damned good on them, especially that wily knucklehead K-town who is always dangerous and will probably make a nice run after the break if Stamkos can find his game. But this question is about a feeling of rivalry and that distinction goes to one team ahead of all others. The Vikings. I don't know what it is, but the K9's and those glorious Nordic warriors, but we always seem to be fighting it out neck and neck in the standings.

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
I can't think of any off of the top of my head, but there have definitely been a few head scratchers and “what were they thinking” moments. The recent movement of Tavares was pretty surprising, but I don't say that judgementally though since I have the utmost respect for all of my fellow GM's, and have no doubt that for whatever movement takes place a lot of thought and reasoning has been put into it and done for a good reason in their own mind.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
Definitely mad props to Quinstone this year, he came into this league like a terror and made some very bold moves put his stamp on his team and found pretty much immediate success. Some of the other GM's that came in and took over others teams have done some nice things, and of course that rat-bastid K-Town, hard not to give credit where due to a two time Champion(ow, that hurt). Dawgtoy really has done a great job as well, his recent acquisitions could really have him positioned to put him over the top this season.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over and underachievers in your opinion?
Overachiever – K-Town,This one is weird for me, and I don't mean this in a bad way, if anything it's a compliment, but I can honestly say that when I look over rosters, in my mind on paper, K-Towns teams just don't jump out at me as being great, however, the results speak for themselves, two time Champion and although some pretty bad injury issues this season is still in the thick of things, so props to him.

Underachiever – Jfrizzio, I look at his team on paper and then where he sits in the standings and can't believe he's not in the top five...although this year the cap going down really hurt him, I think next year if he can tweak some things to utilize his roster fully he could have a very dangerous team.

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
I have no idea, it's so close this year, a slump or an injury or two can totally turn the tide very quickly.

- Is that the same team you believe will win the playoffs as well? Why/why not?

Again, I honestly have no idea, but if I had to guess, I'd say that the the playoff winner will be different than points leader, I just think in the playoff format a hot streak or slump on any given playoff week will make the odds of being a “double champ” very difficult. Of course, this being the first season of seeing it in action it's really hard to know what to expect.

- What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
There are many things, one being just my love of hockey, this league just adds so many nuances to my real life love of the game, following not only the Oilers, but MY players as well. The other aspect I love is that sense of camaraderie I feel with my fellow FHL GM's. I've never met any of you yet I feel like you are all friends and in some weird way a small hockey family. Nerdy perhaps, but there it is.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
Too often. I'm kind of obsessed to be honest. Probably at least 20-30 times aweek.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
Nothing really, a few small tweaks, some sort of waiver eligibility scale that slides up/down with the salary cap is one thing, but I believe that's on the way, and some other small things that I can't think of at the moment. There are some GM's that I wish were a little more pro-active in managing their team, and I wish sometimes perhaps that there was some sort of unwritten etiquette that all GM's would acknowledge trade requests in a relatively timely fashion. Whether they're interested or not, a simple “no thank you” and a click on reject is all that's needed. That being said, I also understand the real life gets in the way and that's not always possible. I too have been guilty of this at times, and I understand that there are ebbs and flows in everyone's lives and will always be exceptions and extenuating circumstances, bet in general, that would be nice.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
I think it's currently pretty ideal. I'm never opposed to improving things and tweaking things and will always have an open mind, but one thing I was opposed to and don't think I could ever be convinced that having a graduated points system that was proposed last year would be something I'd ever prefer.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL?
Not really, other than to just reiterate how much I enjoy being a part of the FHL and how much I respect and enjoy all of our fellow GM's. “Fellowship”...I really like that.



FHL Gazette: General Manager Feature: Saevel of the Tigers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-11 04:31:04 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-11 04:32:27)

 

Continuing the presentation of FHL GMs, here follows the considerations of my countryman Saevel.

 

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
Being from, and living in, Oslo, that part is self-explanatory. The city has been nicknamed "Tigerstaden", or Tiger City, since the 19th century, so that part felt appropriate as well. Also, tigers are pretty cool.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
Quite a lot! In order of the original draft:

Lundqvist
Doughty
Datsyuk
Callahan
Benn
Jordan Staal
Boyle
Huberdeau
Bogosian
Sbisa
Downie
Pitkanen
Nick Foligno
Ellerby
Versteeg
Matthias
Brendan Smith
Quinton Howden
Tlusty

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
- What is your biggest regret, and what is your proudest pick from that draft?
In retrospect, I'm quite satisfied. Players like Boyle and Staal haven't panned out like I'd hoped, and I'd probably not have gambled on Filatov. The biggest surprise might be my last pick, Jiri Tlusty, who has been cheap and put up a decent amount of points.

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
Despite this years slump, I'll have to go with my number 1 pick, Henrik Lundqvist.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
I feel there's a good amount of players who have yet to reach their potential. This year has been a rough one, but there's a lot of room to grow.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
At the moment, goaltending. We took a gamble on Markström that has yet to pay off.

* What are your immediate goals as GM of your team? What stage of the competitive
process do you see yourself in?
This year is an off-year. I wouldn't go as far as to talk about rebuilding, but there will definitely be big changes this off season.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
Considering natural positions, it would look something like this:

Benn - Datsyuk - Callahan
Huberdeau - J.Staal - Versteeg
Tlusty - Foligno - Downie
Matthias - B.Boyle - Mitchell

Dylan Olsen - Doughty
Kindl - Bogosian
Sbisa - Brendan Smith (Pitkanen if he's not dead by now)

Lundqvist
Markström

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to?
Tough one. I actually think the line up above would do well in the NHL, and I feel it's fairly balanced. I don't think I can pick a team, though. What do you think? NorOil's comment: A good team in a transitional period with a mixture of young potential stars and established veterans; no obvious holes, but in need of some extra punch. Seems a bit like the Red Wings from an organisational standpoint. From a lineup perspective, with smooth skating defensemen and a solid goalie, perhaps a comparison to the Carolina Hurricanes (but with more pugnacity), but again, the Red Wings appear to be a good comparative fit.


* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets, is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?
It was to build a stable team that would finish well every year. This year I may have sacrificed a bit too much for the future.

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
You, of course, as my fellow Norwegian ;)NorOil's comment: I accept this rivalry on the grounds of geography, but reject it as a presumtion of equality between our respective rosters, as the Tigers should clearly be considered the farm team of the Vikings.


I finished narrowly above the Raiders both the first two seasons, and this year they're struggling, like me. Rivalry would be a reach, though.

* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
There have been quite a bit of huge deals. GM's don't seem to mind moving their top players around, as is to be expected I guess.

* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
The Heatwave, Rhinos and Vikings have been very consistent at the top.

* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?
I'll stay away from talking anyone down, but I will say that my Tigers are certainly not where I'd like (or expect) them to be this year.

* 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?
I'll actually bet on my "rivals", the Vikings, to pull through. As for the playoffs, I think it will be dominated by the top teams, but it'll be interesting to see how consistent they really are!


* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
That it's the closest I'll ever get to manage an NHL team!

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
Depends a bit on what's going on at work. I try to stop by daily.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
I really believe the passive roster is too small. Considering newly drafted players usually take a while to develop (even big talents), I'd like to see the league give us a chance to develop more of our "own" players. Maybe extend the number of passive slots from 5 to 10, for starters.

Would also be really cool to eventually have 30 teams, to mimic the real NHL even more closely.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
How points are calculated. I think it works well, and would be unfair to GM's who have planned ahead, perhaps selecting a player they think will pay off in a few years, given the current system.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL?
Datsyuk and J.Staal are available, guys!



FHL Gazette: General Manger Feature: Quinstone of the Gladiators

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-10 08:32:35

 

* What is the reason you chose your particular team name?
I always enjoyed the Roman era and things like Gladiators, seems like a strong name so I thought I would use it.

* From the original draft, who are still on your roster today?
I was not a part of the inaugural draft unfortunately, however after taking over this team from another GM I have drastically overhauled nearly every player on this roster in order to get the makeup I needed to be successful despite taking over a solid looking team. The only active player remaining would be Frans Nielsen and prospect Ryan Sproul.

* Looking back at the inaugural draft - what's the biggest surprise?
- What is your biggest regret, and what is your proudest pick from that draft?
(If you did not partake in the inaugural draft - assess, if you like, the original owner of the club's choices)

Since I was not part of it from the start, I will mention my first ever free agent signing of Brendon Dillon, the guy has turned out to be a great young defenseman and has exceeded my expectations. As mentioned above with my overhaul, the turnover in players is likely something that would speak to the original drafting :p

* Who is the face(s) of your franchise?
Hmm, this is a tough question. After some thought I would have to say this is definately Corey Perry, he represents all facets of the game that our team is strong at and plays the style I would imagine my team playing. On top of that, Alex Pietrangelo is a major part of this team and what I would consider another face to my franchise.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest strength?
This season it appears to be Defense, however this was not planned. I would say that my teams greatest strength would be the all around play and being a leader in the majority of categories. Also, the prospects I have in my system at different stages should continue to make my team very strong in the coming years to provide continuity. I believe a team is only as good as your weakest player and I have adopted this mentality to building a team and in terms of the FHL this could be compared to the various scoring categories.

* What do you perceive to be your team's biggest weakness?
Goal scoring and Age. I have key players on my team that are now getting into their mid 30's and this concerns me going forward and for the rest of the year as Age starts to catch up with them the goal scoring of my team may start to diminish. It's something I would like to fix.

* 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.)
Despite my place in the standings, I feel I'm more in the balanced approach in terms of it is VERY important to compete and challenge for top spot but it's also important not to sacrifice future and continue to be able to bring in young players to fill out gaps.

My immediate goals would be to get my team back on track (aka the Sedins). My team has slowed in production of late and this needs to change as we head into the playoffs and compete for the Norack cup.

* If you were to dress a lineup of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies from your roster - how would it look?
Forwards:
Corey Perry, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Radim Vrbata, Mika Zibanejad, Frans Nielsen, Alex Killorn, Mason Raymond, Joe Colbourne, Tom Pyatt, Lars Eller, Tom Wilson

Defense:
Alex Pietrangelo, Matt Niskanen, Mike Green, Bredon Dillon, Radko Gudas, Eric Gelinas

Goalies:
Roberto Luongo, Semyon Varlamov

* What NHL team would you compare your roster to? (Think, perhaps, in terms of physicality, positional strengths, results, etc.)
This is a very difficult one, I would probaby have to say the St. Louis Blues in terms of style and the strengths of my team. The Blues boast a very good defense and goaltending while still having some strong forwards that can play the game with some sandpaper in terms of hitting and defensive play.

* What, if any - and without giving up too many secrets -is your fundamental strategy as an FHL GM?
Balance, everyone gets caught up with having the shiniest new toy (aka young highly touted prospect) yet forget that the NHL veterans who have done what this new guy is supposed to do for years. It is important to have both on your roster and not be afraid of some larger contracts for those veterans. Doing extensive research of players you are looking to acquire or get rid of is key.

* Which FHL team, if any, do you view as your rival(s)? Why?
This is a tough one, because of the Heatwave's success they should be one. But also the Mustangs have been on my tail all season and refuse to go away. But first and foremost I will say the Stingers, despite Chucker always asking for my opinion we secretly have a heated rivalry and that could grow if he ever finally decides to build a team that can compete with mine. :p


* Has any FHL trades caught your attention - why is that?
Not at the moment no, most of the trades I see going on generally don't look like they make sense for one side so I usually shake my head when I see trades happen.


* Which FHL GM do you think does the best job? Why?
Dawgtoy does a great job with his, he came into the league just before me and has quietly built a contender to surround Crosby which maybe thinking about it, I may regret trading him away now.


* Which teams are the FHL's biggest over- and underachievers in your opinion?
There really isn't many teams that fall into this. Most teams are where they are because of either strengths or weaknesses in their team. An injury should not cripple your place in the standings.

* Who do you think will win the FHL Regular season this year?
I will have to say the Vikings are in a good position to win, they have really come on over the last month and may end up catching however it all depends how players come back after the olympics.

- Is that the same team you believe will win the playoffs as well? Why/why not?
Yes, they would be my front runner to win the playoffs as well, this is because they seem to be hot right now.

 

 


* What do you enjoy most about the FHL?
That it's a keeper league and takes a lot of research and active management to be successful.

* How often do you log on, say in terms of average visits per week?
Probably 12-15 times per week, could be more.

* If you could change aspects of the FHL, what would you change?
Lines for teams would be great but could be tough for GM's to manage.

* Which aspects of the FHL would you be reluctant or opposed to changing?
Nothing, I like it the way it is and going forward.

* Is there anything else you have to note that would be of interest to the fellowship of the FHL? Tanking annoys me, so penalties when this is obvious would be welcome.


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Foil Hockey League Information

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-04 12:05:03 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-02-04 12:28:37)

TRADE DEADLINE IS MARCH 5th.

(No prior restrictions - ignore the NHL Olympic roster freeze)

 

FHL PLAYOFFS START ON MARCH 10th

(Standings after the games on March 9th decide the matchups)

- The FHL regular season continues parallel to the FHL playoffs and both finish on the last day of NHL regular season action. The draft is based on regular season standings alone. The NHL lottery decides which FHL team wins the first overall pick.

Matchups will be 1st vs 16th, 2nd vs 15th, and so forth. Each round is alloted one week of NHL action, which means the first, second, and third rounds are each one week of NHL action, whereas the FHL playoff final is decided by the last two weeks of NHL action.

 

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