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FHL Gazette: Trade mirror part Quinstone, and Buckminster

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-22 10:18:01

QUINSTONE'S GLADIATORS
Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
I wasnt a part of the original draft so I thought I would look and see if I had any players left from when I took the team over. I then realized I traded them all away so the answer would be nobody.


Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
Mainly I would like to move James Reimer, im beginning to have a logjam at the back end and hes not a piece for me going forward. However as you can tell from the above question, everyone is something I would move for the right price.


What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
If you look at Racki's post he sums it up pretty well for a trade I was happy about. Not sure what I did after that for those players though, ive made so many trades they all mesh together.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
Im sure there is a few, i might regret one with Racki fairly quickly for giving him Ekblad for Drake Caggiulla but there is still time for that one to work out.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Everyone has a price, emotional attachment can get in the way of moving pieces which can make it quite tough to find a deal that works for both involved. The salary cap and everyone needing to trim salary the last few years has really put a premium on value contracts vs higher paid players.

I like to thing the Mustangs I have a good relationship with, weve made a number of large deals in the past since it seems we like to go a bit overboard.


Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I have a price im willing to pay or recieve for each player, once it is met im content with the trade. Otherwise I wont move from my position. This can be both a strength and a weakness since if I see a need im a little more willing to overpay and solve an issue but I also hope it works out that I dont get ripped off to badly.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?

Open for business as usual. Wouldnt mind some higher end picks and am just looking for a "fair" deal. 😉

 

 

BUCKMINSTER'S SPARTANS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
I wasn't a part of the inaugural draft, but since I took over as GM in 2013 I sent away every player I inherited. Schneider is back in a recent trade, but no one else.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I'm trying to improve right now, but not at the expense of the future. Probably just small trades to get back into the playoff picture.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Not sure, probably one of the ones I made with the old Ice Dogs, or one of the more minor ones I made.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
All the trades I made for a goalie, and the time I traded Dubnyk. That was probably my worst trade. It was Bolland, Josi, Orlov, Dubnyk and a 1st for Backlund, Chara, Klein, Enroth and a 2nd. Backlund was a good pickup, but the rest of that trade hurt.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I agree with everything Racki said, but I don't seem to learn. I will discuss trade with anyone, anytime.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
Based on my record, it appears more weaknesses than strengths...

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Welcome to MaxB. And while looking at my past trade record was a bit depressing I'm still ready to talk trade with anyone.



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part Racki, Metal&Oil

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-20 10:46:46

RACKI'S BOMBERS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Wow, I think the only player still here that's never been moved is Max Pacioretty. We got back Sam Gagner, but I can't say that he's still here because he's any good.


Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
It looks like we've got one of the better bluelines in the FHL.. until realizing we tend to dress 7D.. so that skews things a bit. But it's not a weakness. We still need F depth. Goaltending is holding its own, purely thanks to Crawford. We could use better goaltending and forwards, and that means some D could be available.


What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
The one I'm most happy about is acquiring Mark Scheifele. This has been the one I always bragged about, even though it cost me David Backes. The full deal on 2012-07-13 was Bomber send Backes and Gagner for Marleau, Scheifele, and Rhinos 2013 1st round pick (which I later traded). It eventually became Andrei Burakovsky. I had a raging one for Scheifele.. at the time, and I thought Backes would drop off a bit quicker than he did.. but I knew it was going to be a tough few years with that one. I definitely am very happy with that one, but the Rhinos had a good short term gain on that too. The trade addressed our individual needs.

A close second to that deal is probably with the Lakers... 2015-12-30, Bombers send Matt Read, Brent Seabrook and Lars Eller for Jaromir Jagr, Cam Atkinson and Ivan Provorov.


What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?
That's tough, but maybe my worst regret was Kuznetsov and Rinne for Giroux and Jack Campbell. Campbell is a complete dud. Far be it for a touted goalie to actually work out. As for Giroux, that was a big win, short term. I had to give up Rinne due to not being able to afford him, but that was a massive loss. And long term.. Kuznetsov is a tough player to lose. I did the deal before he was really any good, but I felt like he'd do quite well.. not this well though. I thought it was a gamble, and long term, I gambled wrong.

Actually, I potentially found a worse trade. Since I had two good trades, I'll have two bad trades though: On 2013-02-13, Bombers trade Patrick Marleau, Adam Henrique, and Brandon Manning to the Gladiators for Steve Ott (shoot me), Viktor Stalberg (f-you, Quinstone), Teddy Purcell (screw your Jedi mind tricks...), and Laurent Brossoit (you're an a-hole!).

Hahha, yeah, actually that one was a lot worse. Two pretty good players, at the time, for GARBAGE. Kuznetsov hurts longer term though.. but it kinda addressed need. Giroux was fantastic for me, and I shed a lot of salary and spent it a little wiser at the time, I believe. Goaltending was an issue for a bit though.


What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Yes, there is one team I've had easier time dealing with. I don't really want to pick on them, and I don't want to lose them as a viable trading partner either! I think I've done quite well in those trades (and no, not the Rhinos).


Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
Hmm.. I think I'd have an easier time with weaknesses here. I think I've improved in that area though. It takes a lot more for me to bail on unproven players that aren't at potential, but I have a good feeling about. Kuznetsov might be the only youngster I


Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Like I said on the forum.. never trade with Quinstone. He will fleece you, but he's gentle about it.. "oh I think you did well in the trade... I hate having to give up my bench player for your best player..". Never trade with Norwegian "I hate doing this, but you need defense, so I'll trade you my guy for this awesome player... I mean, this addresses both of our needs.. especially yours.. but I'm a nice Norwegian, and that's what we do" Oiler. Never trade with Chucker, Mr. "I'll give you 18 2nd rounders plus my broken defenseman for your up and coming super-prospect. Other than that, everyone else is fine. Well, except Steve-O.. unless you currently own Hemsky... what he won't do for Hemsky... but he currently controls the Hemsky. 

 

METAL&OIL'S RHINOS

 

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Jonathan Quick is the lone survivor from the Inaugural draft and he is still on the team because he is simply irreplaceable.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I actually like the direction my team is going. Right now the plan is to be patient with my team so I am not currently seeking out any trades.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Trading Andrew Shaw for Ryan Suter & Tommy Wingles is working out well so far.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
By far the worst trade I ever made was sending Ben Bishop. Brenden Morrow & Alex Steen to the Mustangs in exchange for Nick Palmer, Peter Regin Kurtis Foster, Martin Marincin and a 1st round pick. WTF was I thinking????

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I definitively have better relations with certain GMs but I don't hold previous bad experiences with other GMs against them and am open to dealing any other GM in the FHL at any time

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course. It's become increasing difficult to come up with potential trade scenarios that benefit both teams.


Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?

Welcome to League Puffins/MaxB!



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Militia (late as hell)

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-11-06 09:27:06

MILITA (JFRIZZIO)

Better late than never...

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Finished 3rd in the overall standings. Lost out to the Megasus, in the second round. I have too many high priced players, I'm not cashing in on the bang for your buck players. And I've struggled to keep six full time defensemen in the lineup up all season.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
When I should have wrote this, not much has changed. Drafted a couple players I'm high on. However since I have moved out some salary, but it's a work in progress.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
If you ain't first, you're last!

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Niederreiter - Toews - Tarasenko
Jenner - Johansen - Voracek
Tatar - Wennberg - Johanssen
Nash - Dubinsky - Palmieri
Fabbri Little

Ristolainen - Karlsson
Carlo - Gostisbehere
Sergachev- Zadorov
Claesson

Rask
Hutton

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Probably Chicago Blackhawks. I've had a few good runs. Some of my players are getting rewarded with large contracts, and I'm being forced to move some of them. Like Chicago I have star power up front and key defence on the backend, but I don't have great defensive depth. Chicago has solid but not outstanding goaltending.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Not too many players I don't think. My team is full of established players, and I know what most of them are capable of. The one exception is Sergachev. I know I'm doing this late, but he's been a pleasant surprise so far. Hope he keeps it up!

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
2012 - Radek Faska, Scott Laughton.... Flipped Faksa for Niederreiter years ago. Scott Laughton still licking around. Not so bad.
2013 - Nikita Zadorov, Valentin Zykov, William Carrier.... Zadorov and Zykov still around, although only Zadorov has been mediocre. Definitely missed on some gems in this one.
2014 - Sonny Milano, Vladislav Kamenev, Marcus Pettersson.... Milano and Kamenev still around. Milano finally getting full time NHL minutes. Kamenev sounds like he'll be a decent middle six player.
2015 - Travis Konecny, Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Andersson.... All still around. Happy with Konecny so far. Andersson sounds promising.
2016 - Mikhail Sergachev, Riley Tufte, Sam Steel.... Sergachev is my only ever top 10 pic, and it appears to be a good one so far. Sam Steel looking to be a.. steel. Why, did I do that!? This should be my best draft.
2017 - Erik Brannstrom, Jake Ottinger.... Scouts are high on Brannstrom and goalies are voodoo. So who knows.

Overall, I think my drafts, have been okay, but not very great. Looking back, there were definitely some gems that I, and many others have passed over.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
In no particular order, the Vikings, Arcadians, Heatwave, Thunder, Chiefs

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to you all! Looking forward to seeing some new teams compete for the top prize!



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Heatwave, Serpents

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-08 01:47:47

HEATWAVE (KTOWN)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
The Heatwave finished an uncharacteristic 8th place, though only a sparse 22 points out of the top 5. Major injury to Stamkos, and a lack of depth scoring made it difficult to compete with some of the other top teams. Some underwhelming performances from typically reliable players also proved damaging to the team’s results.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Some underachievers are out, some young talent is in, and between the two the team should show some better results. The addition of Claude Giroux – who is likely to rebound this season after a very lacklustre campaign – should add some heavy firepower to an already fantastic top 6 forward group. The defence remains relatively unchanged, so we’ll hope to see rebound seasons from guys like Barrie and Fowler. With Ryan Suter gone (and simply unaffordable) the star power is pretty lacking on the blueline.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
A return to a top 5 finish is expected, and given decent performances, the Heatwave are hoping to once again challenge for the title. Time will tell, as some of the standard top teams remain fairly strong.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Giroux – Stamkos – Seguin
JVR – Ladd – Hoffman
Pearson – Backlund – Vrbata

Barrie – Fowler
Phaneuf – Miller
Beaulieu – Schenn

Talbot - Lack

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses.
Depth and uneven scoring power will be an issue – the lineup is pretty top heavy - as well as the potential to have a rather porous defence would liken the Heatwave to any number of middle of the road teams. Having a guy like Talbot in net could be a difference maker, and I could see a team like the Heatwave actually making 2nd or 3rd round of the NHL playoffs.


Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
With so much underachievement last season, just about any player making more than $2million is due to surprise me.
That said, I’m counting on Giroux to return to form, Stamkos to stay healthy, and Seguin to continue solid production. I’m hoping for a decent season for Chychrun when he returns from injury, and am somewhat enthusiastic to see if there are any diamonds in the Foo, McCleod, and prospect group.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Chychrun had a good season last year for a rookie defenceman, and Beaulieu is reliable enough. Pearson has become a good young player – and though he was not a Heatwave draft pick, we heavily advised the Lakers on his potential.
Other draft choices like Scheifele, Klefbom and Barrie have all done very well now, and are starting to bear fruit, though only Barrie is still with the team. Having had late round picks for the team’s history, it’s been a little tougher to make homeruns, but there have been enough NHLers out of the Heatwave drafting system to at least give the scouting staff a passing grade.


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The Arcadians, Militia and the Vikings all separated themselves from the rest of the field last season with solid all around performances, and I don’t think there are going to be too many surprises if they stay in the top 5. Outside of that, 4th to 8th was separated by less than 40 points, so any of those teams (Heatwave included) could vault into the final two spots. For the sake of picking, I’ll call the Heatwave and the Chiefs.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to all, and may we see some more storylines like the Arcadians rise from dung heap to top of the pile.

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SERPENTS (MG10)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
The Serpents finished 17th, 6th from the bottom.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
No major changes were made, a minor deal here and there. I continue to be patient with my homegrown talent, hoping for some breakthroughs this season.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Making the playoffs would signify a successful season, after missing the playoff cut two years in a row.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Jakob Silfverberg - Nicklas Backstrom - Kyle Okposo
Andre Burakovsky - Tomas Plekanec - Phillip Danault
Mikkel Boedker - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Michael Frolik
Joonas Donskoi - Dmitri Jaskin - Jakub Vrana

Duncan Keith - Morgan Rielly
Ryan McDonagh - Darnell Nurse
Nick Leddy - Gabriel Carlsson

Carey Price
Scott Darling

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
St. Louis Blues. Stingy, but talented defense group; interesting mix of team originals and new blood; doesn't make a lot of major changes.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Jakub Vrana is expected to be one of the top rookies this season. That would be nice. It will be interesting to see how Phillip Danault does in his first full season with us.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
My drafting has been average since 2012. My first ever entry draft pick is a top 4 defenseman on my team, but most of my draft picks were of the long, slow development variety.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
In no particular order:

Arcadians
Heatwave
Spartans
Thunder
Vikings

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
I'm looking to be in win now mode this year as my goaltending tandem will be going up to $14 million next year. So, depending on how the early season goes, I may look to deal one of my top defensemen to acquire more scoring potential. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the season.



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Stingers, Bombers, Rhinos

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-05 11:09:09 (updated by Racki on 2017-10-05 18:28:42)

STINGERS (CHUCKER)

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

7th. I had managed to hang around 4th-5th most of the season but forward consistency was an issue as was goaltending. The D pretty much carried most of the team. I'm hoping with another year that my younger guys become more regular in their icetime. That should provide a boost.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
In famous Stingers fashion, I signed some guys coming over from the KHL and Europe but also got rid of some guys that were just too expensive for what they had provided. Dumping Giroux is probably my biggest change.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I'd like to be able to stay where I am or better but not sure if that will be the case. I'll need those 2-3 years forwards to really step up and for the goaltending to be stronger in the 2nd position. (Neuvirth)

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Laine-Stepan-Schenn
Maroon-Kadri-Brown (Connor)*no contract, hurry up Racki!! ;)
Copp-Sissons-Slepyshev
Ritchie-Kuhlemen-Dadonov

Parayko-Spurgeon
Niskanen-Green
Schelmko-Theodore

Andersen
Neuvirth

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
I'd say the Stingers are pretty similar to the Winnipeg Jets. Pretty strong all around with good potential and some decent vets, big, lots of hits but I'd say my goaltending is slightly better. D is very solid, forward are all good and those that are not proven have high potential. Minnesota might be another good comparison.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Slepyshev. I'm hoping he gets his time in the top six this year in Edmonton. Sissons is another guy who seems ready to break out. Dadonov is the guy I really want to see catch fire. He had good numbers coming across the pond so we'll see. You never really know with these KHL guys but he had a lot of teams wanting him so.....

Colin White is the other guy. He's a rookie and got hurt in camp but I was fully expecting him to be in the Calder race. He's the guy nobody is talking about but that's fine with me.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Slepyshev, Ritchie so far. I have high confidence in Tuch and White for this year being their first real years of having a shot on the roster. Tuch might get sent down in Vegas due to waiver eligibility but he had a terrific camp.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
I don't see much changing from last year. Top five should be a mix of Vikings, Arcadians, Milita, Thunder and hopefully Stingers!!

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

Raiders suck!! Sorry man, had to give you a shot after last season's survey.

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BOMBERS (RACKI)

 

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
11th. I think it was because Craig MacTavish was in charge of assembling my D corps... or is that spelled corpse? Hmm. Anyways, this year is looking better, but marginally better at D.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Shed a lot of cap / bad contract.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Gotta try and get high in the top 10 again.. hopefully top 5.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
I tried, it ain't easy.

Pacioretty Scheifele Atkinson
Dvorak Carter Gagner
Jokinen Nolan Bjorkstrand
Eakin Soderberg Caggiula

Provorov Severson
Manson Slavin
Honka Forsling

Crawford
Niemi



Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Maybe the Stars. A couple of really nice players up front.. not the sexiest defense.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Hmm, I tend to bank on the young talent. I think that's where I've had the best eye... so Provorov, and Bjorkstrand, I'm hoping.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Edit: wow, how'd I miss this question??? 

Well, I have some hopefuls, but the Bombers history of having guys come out of the draft and be successful is almost non existent. Hopefuls: Honka, Patrick. I thought Nichushkin wasn't looking too bad, until he booked it for the KHL. 



Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Arcadians, Vikings, Militia, Devils (way to go!), Thunder

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to everyone, and I hope everyone is still enjoying the keeper!

P.S. Also, while I'm at it... I'm way below cap right now. Way below. That means I can take on the Ovechkin-sized contracts right now. I'm not looking to be bent over the barrel, taking on $6M extra salary to move up 20FHLPs.... but I'd be open to some ideas.

P.P.S., MacTavish... office... now. 

 

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RHINOS (METAL&OIL)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
14th place. Losing Jonathan Quick 20 mins into the season last year certainly didn't get things rolling down the rails smoothly.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Better goaltending depth and a revamped D core.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Back into the top 7 while creating more roster flexibility beyond this season.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Palat-Nielsen-Marchessault
Killorn-Zacha-Perreault
D.Sedin-Ryan-Rust
Pitlick-Faksa-DSP

Krug-Suter
Russell-Larsson
Enstrom-Irwin

Quick
Mrazek

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
I lack the star power up front that the Oilers currently enjoy but my managerial style closely resembles that of Peter Chiarelli.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Alex Killorn & Pavel Zacha

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
The Rhinos are built on free agents. I have probably drafted the least amount of players into the FHL & I don't currently have any picks in the next draft ether.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
1)Militia
2)Devils
3)Acadians
4)Vikes
5)Chiefs


Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
I will steal every TBL player on your roster


FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Raiders, Mustangs, Devils

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-04 03:05:11 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-04 03:05:55)

RAIDERS (STEVE-O)

 

 

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

10th, and injuries killed me last year


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not much, hoping to ice the same team, and hoping injuries and the slightly increased cap allows me to dress a more competitive team


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

As every year, make the playoffs, and win - Raiders don't rebuild via tanking


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Not taking into account cap hit:
Eaves-Malkin-Hemsky
Pominville-Ryan-Spezza
Smith-Smith-Smith
Stastny-Stone-Spooner

Edler-Ellis
Letang-Benn
Garrison-Schmidt

Allen-Condon


Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Lots of expensive high end talent, nothing on the lower end...not sure. Ducks?

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Yanni Gourde

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Stone, Spooner, Ellis, Allen have all panned out, but almost all from the initial draft (although they were kids at that point and just drafted themselves). Since then though, nada (although I've traded away most my picks and draft picks, so some of them may have panned out)

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Raiders and some others, it's been pretty fluid the last little bit, and you never know with injuries and who breaks out

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

Lets have a great year, and enjoy some hockey

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MUSTANGS (DAWGTOY)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Dead last. The main reason for this was the need to rebuild due to being in cap hell.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?

I made a number of changes for the ... younger, and somewhat cheaper. I don't expect it'll be a quick transition, but we'll get there ... someday.


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

Make more moves to make this team better, I can guarantee I'll be active. I also guarantee this team will not be good this season, in actual fact it may get worse, but we'll eventually make some moves to make this team successful in the future.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.

I'm not sure if I listed a roster, that they'd beat an AHL team at this point. My lineup is still a work in progress, and I;m currently experimenting with the potential for a disaster.

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 

Colorado or the Oilers circa the decade of darkness. This team should be able to score, and should have extreme difficulty defending and keeping the puck out of it's own net.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?

Likely only Clayton Keller, maybe Tippett or Thompson if they stick around. My biggest surprise might be how bad this team will be by the end of the season. 2018 draft ... here I come!!!


Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?

2014 and 2015, I traded away my first rounders, so those drafts were terrible.
2016 I drafter Keller, Bean and Thompson. I believe they will all be successful NHLers.
2017 I attempted to draft for dynamic players who will score ... therefore I went off the page and drafted Tippett, followed by Suzuki. I was really hoping Eeli Tolvanen or Yamamoto would fall to me at 22, but I had to go with Vesalainen followed by Norris. We shall see.

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

I'm more concerned about my own mess to be honest, I rarely look at other rosters unless I'm attempting to make a trade. Seriously, may the best team win.

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

Stop asking about Clayton Keller, Oscar Klefbom, or anyone still on an ELC! Everything else can be had for the right price. I can almost guarantee that players such as Gaudreau, Ovechkin, Anisimov, Hornquist or Hopkins get traded down the stretch for picks and/or prospects. I put the Arcadians over the top with the Panarin trade last season, and I'll be looking to do that again.

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DEVILS (TDIZZY)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?.
Finished 6th. Main reason? It starts and ends with Connor... seriously though, got good production from my goaltenders and defense.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
minor tweaks. unproductive/expiring contracts out. free agent signings from July 1 hope to make an impact

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Goal is to make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. I believe a similar finish (top 8) is feasible but not expected.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Kane-McDavid-Zajac
Domi-Jost-Williams
Cogliano-Matthias-Chimera
Richardson-Beagle-Fast
Brodin-Boychuk
Greene-Hamonic
Martinez-Chara
Jones
Smith

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Using the Chicago Blackhawks as a comparison. My team is stacked with young superstars. with Kane and McDavid I too will feel the cap crunch with both taking in 10.5 and 12.5 million respectively. With budding stars like Domi and Yost, this is comparable to Chicago's Saad and DeBrincat. Weakness may be on defense as it's starting to show its age. however, there are some young individuals who will be expected to step up. In goal, its steady.
 
Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I am hoping that Yost will have a great rookie campaign and make Colorado competitive. My July 1 signings are all depth signings and hope to bring more balance to my scoring.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
2013 - Domi, Mueller, Bigras
2014 - Dal Colle
2015 - McDavid
2016 - Yost

McDavid is somewhat successful i think, and Domi a pleasant surprise. Yost makes the NHL this year so I'm crossing my fingers


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Arcadians
Vikings
Militia
Thunder
Heatwave

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

Good luck everyone! Don't feel bad if I win it all!