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2017-18 FHL Playoffs: ROUND 1 Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-05 20:41:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-12 11:58:17)

Come around again, playoff time! 

Last season's double winners Arcadians seek another trophy, while previous champions Militia and Vikings want to retake the playoff throne. Contenders Thunder and company amass at the gates to steal victory over the closing weeks of the season. 

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: 

 

WINNERS IN BOLD

Vikings Logo versus Megasus Logo

(58.50)                 -              (42.20)

The Megasus squeezed into the playoffs at the last minute, the Vikings have it all to lose against the cinderella team of last year.

* End of series: The Vikings lost several key contributors to injury during the series, but came out on top against a Megasus side that never really found their stride.

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 versus 

(64.08)                 -               (60.33)

 A rematch of last season's first round. Can the outsider surprise, or is it a Dallas-Edmonton series?

* End of series: The Spartans put up a last stand, but it was not to be against a tough Arcadians team. The two greco-inspired teams vied for the lead throughout the week, but a strong weekened performance sealed it for the reigning champions. A bitter, but honorable (?) loss for the Spartans. 

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versus 

(54.63)                 -                (48.73)

 Samson's team surge towards another level and want back into the final. Can they oust the Lakers?

* End of series: The Thunder continued their strong season with a win against the Lakers in a series of two original FHL franchises. In the end the difference was the forward production of the Thunder.

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 Bulldogs Logoversus Militia Logo

(47.98)                -                (53.62)

 The Militia are struggling, but still house some impressive talent. The Bulldogs are ever strong and only lost to eventual winners Arcadians last season, is this their time?

* End of series: The Militia prevailed on the strength of their defense, which produced at a far higher clip than the Bulldogs' blueliners. This series marked the only lower seed victory but the Tigers' win against the Rhinos.  

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 versus 

(62.55)                 -                (47.80)

 The improved Chiefs, who lost a close first round series last year, take on the Mustangs who are back in the playoffs after missing out last season.

* End of series: The Chiefs produced a decisive victory which was established rather early in the week. The Mustangs' offense was outright dominant, but the team fell apart due to the lack of defensive depth. The Chiefs' balance was altogether too much to handle for the Mustangs in this series.

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 versus Heatwave Logo

(60.68)                 -              (46.38)

 Battle of the talkers. May the best orator succeed!

* End of series: A few years ago this would have been a monumental task for the Stingers, but the Chucker-led franchise has continued to improve whereas the Heatwave might be on the way into a retooling of sorts. There was a clear difference in favor of the Stingers in both forward and defense.

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Rhinos Logo versus 

(43.10)                 -                (49.70)

 Rhinos have seen better seasons and were destroyed in the first round last campaign, but can they make it past the resurgent Tigers who were on the outside in 2016-17?

* End of series: The Tigers celebrated their re-entry into the playoffs with a series victory against the typically powerful Rhinos. Though by no means an impressive win, they did more than enough to see off the overall underperforming Metal&Oil team. 

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  versus Gladiators Logo

 (65.32)                 -                (40.25)

 The Gladiators went far last playoffs, are they capable of another strong campaign against the Raiders who lost a tough opening round in 2017?

* End of series: A complete walk over for the Raiders which put up the best FHL performance of the first round. Combined with a poor showing from their opponents, the result was a given all week. The Raiders found production all over the ice, while the Gladiators could not muster any meaningful opposition. 

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FHL Playoff schedule

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-02-24 07:54:04

 

Top 16 teams get ready:

Playoff cutoff date for the 2017-18 FHL plaoyffs will be Sunday March 4th.

The first round of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 5th and March 11th. 

The second round of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 12th and March 18th. 

The semi finals of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 19th and March 25th. 

The FHL playoff final will be fought out in the final two weeks of the NHL regular season, from March 26th to April 8th. 

 

Reigning champion Arcadians look to repeat?

 



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part MG10

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-02-18 06:36:57

THE SERPENTS' MG10

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Backstrom, Price, Keith, McDonagh, Okposo, Plekanec, Gaborik, Silfverberg, Boedker, Frolik; so about half of my roster is original. I picked most of these players because they were great players to build around. I have kept some of the others out of hope that they would develop into reliable top-6 forwards, but not all of them have.

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?
Presently, much of my forward group is aging and past its prime, so I will be looking to for some more youth up front. My defense corps is strong and deep and I will be looking to move at most 2 of them for said youth and offense.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
These players are not on my team anymore, but I acquired Kris Russell and David Savard in different deals shortly before they broke through. I later release Kris Russell and trade David Savard.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
Sami Vatanen was a team original when the league started, and I accepted a deal involving him in the league's early history. That deal happened right before he broke out as an offensive defenseman.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I like to think I am a fairly easy GM to deal with.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I think the results of my trades have been 50/50. I have made some really good small deals and have gotten fleesed on some too. Generally, I am one of the least aggressive deal-makers in the league. I think I am a strong judge of defensive talent and a weak judge of offensive talent.

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

With the trade deadline coming up, I will be shopping a couple of my top-4 defensemen and will be anxious to determine the value of them.



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part Jfrizzio

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-02-10 09:58:35 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-02-10 09:58:55)

JFRIZZIO of the MILITIA

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Jonathan Toews - 9th overall - My franchise player, until he signed his massive deal. Basically making him impossible to move.
Rick Nash - 38th overall - Great in his prime. Now he makes too much for his production since he's slowed down. Still my favourite player.
Erik Karlsson - 101st overall - By far my best selection. Has always been on a fantastic contract.
Ryan Johansen - 147th overall - A guy I took a chance on early. Paid great dividends on his ELC and bridge contract. Now entering his prime on a huge contract makes him difficult to play.
Bryan Little - 193rd overall - Always been that guy that I didn't mind having around, and no one has really sniffed too hard in the trade market.
Vladimir Tarasenko - 268th overall - My best sleeper. Played the patient approach, and it paid off. He's now my franchise player.
Kyle Palmieri - 544th overall - Another great sleeper. He had a great bang for your buck in his early years.

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 need to move out some big money players, like most GM's. I'm interested in any offers for the following players:
-Toews
-Karlsson
-Little
-Voracek
-Johansen
-Johansson

I'm curious to see what Erik Karlsson could fetch so get your offers in!

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
-Trading Hiller, Scandella, Vey and Beleskey for Ristolainen, B. Campbell, J. Larsson, and spare parts
-I made quite a few big trades back in the day, but looking back most of them have benefited both teams.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
-Trading David Savard(and Aucoin) for Roman Hamrlik

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I suppose one could say that yes, I've generally made more trades with certain GM's. I believe a lot of GM's are at a point where they like the team they've built over the years and are enjoying watching them develop. I'm definitely in this boat, although it's time to make some changes. The league changes will help this as well.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I've always found with hockey pools, I tend to place too much value on my favourite players. Sometimes I've made moves that I shouldn't have based on that. I've always had a knack for finding good young players, especially forwards. I'll admit I usually prefer the drafting method of development.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Just good luck to everyone! Looking forward to the new changes coming!



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part mcsorley

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-01-23 15:03:12

MCSORLEY'S ARCADIANS (FORMERLY THE REBELS)

 

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Don’t know, don’t care…

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 am pretty happy at the moment. Would be looking to part with some veterans, but knowing the market in the pool it seems difficult.


What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
I would say Arvidsson for Hammond and Marchand for Shatty are my two best trades. Pretty happy with Panarin, Jarnkrok for Pulju, Shaw, 1st as well, that trade gave me the title last year


What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?
To this day the Holtby trade with the Vikings still haunts me, wish I could have that one back.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
You have three types of GMs:
1. The ones that live in the past and wont part way with anyone.
2. The ones that want to fleece you.
3. The ones that are up for a deal and will have a good discussion.
You know who you are…..

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I am pretty patient when it comes to negotiating and can have more than one trade negotiation going at the same time. I think I am pretty fair and won’t throw garbage your way.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Looking forward to the expansion this summer, will be fun to get some new bodies in the pool.



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part NorwegianOiler

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-01-10 19:23:28 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-01-10 19:25:43)

NorwegianOiler's VIKINGS

Time to Santiago this shit and answer myself in the survey on trades.


Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
From the 2011 inaugural draft only three players remain Vikings - then 30th overall pick Zach Parise, 168th overall Patrice Bergeron, and (draft steal) 247th Blake Wheeler. All players remain personal favorites, solid all around hockey players, two of whom remain quite productive, while Parise's struggling with injury and a high salary. Still like the player though.

Until relatively recently, both Matt Martin and Mark Pysyk remained Vikings, both staying several years with the Vikings. In hindsight, the Vikings drafted rather naïvely for cheap productive steady NHLers instead of actually talented players and had to make many moves to rectify the off-the-mark inaugural draft strategy.


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?
Critically open to trades. We don't have to make moves, but we'll always entertain ideas. The team is in win-now mode, but keeps one eye on the near future (1-3 years) so moving established players for prospects is possible given the right deal.

Not really looking to move anyone in particular at the moment, but a deal moving a better-player-at-full-salary for a lesser-player-on-a-cheaper-salary coming my way is a possible scenario.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
One of the most important was the first big move the Vikings made, getting prime Hossa from the Devils for Comeau, Powe, and a 2nd. In a series of moves with the Rebels (now Arcadians) and Lakers the Vikings ended up moving some 20M in salary through Seabrook, Hossa, Shattenkirk, Zubrus, and Roszival for some 11M in Hedman, Duchene, Moulson and Perreault. Given the length of those reasonable contracts the Vikings came out quite well and won the following year if I am not mistaken.

I'd argue that getting Holtby, Vlasic, and Hossa (again...) for Edler, Kuemper, Cunningham and a 2nd turned out to be a good deal for the Vikings. Never really found the cap space to use Hossa or Vlasic much though.

Fun fact: the Vikings have acquired both Kevin Shattenkirk and Marian Hossa three times each.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?
Giving away Marchand, who I feared would become overpaid (he's not), for Shattenkirk (who I once moved at 1.3M for the same reason as Marchy), Bortuzzo and a 2nd. In itself not that terrible a trade, I needed the defensive boost, but it also gave the title to the Arcadians given Marchand's spectacular run in that contract year. It was a self-inflicted wound of the worst kind.

Though not a trade, I deeply regret allowing Marchessault to become a FA. His points could have allowed me to retain the championship, but alas, it was yet another poor move in the same year as mentioned above. Bad, bad, bad. Several years of outstanding production at minimal pay lost to a contending rival. 

 

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I think I am on (at least) decent terms with most GMs - if I am not I am unaware of it myself. Through the years since 2011 we've made quite a few deals with the Serpents (though none of the blockbuster variety), and several major trades with the Rebels ( led by Mlab90), the Thunder (samson) and a the Lakers (haboiler). Had a really interesting time negotiating the Schneider deal with Buckminster this season, it was a long back and forth process - and a goalie deal had been in the makings for at least a year and a half. I think he got a good deal out of that, especially with the conditions included. He drove a hard bargain at least. Enjoyed some good talks with HabOiler for Schneider too despite it not materializing.

We have made just a single trade with the Tigers, mostly because saevel is one tough negotiating nugget who adores his players beyond what is reasonable ;) Always have good discussions with mcsorley who is never afraid to ask for a sensible price, save for that one trade mentioned above. I feel he could move any one player if the deal is right - somewhat opposite to saevel he has few personal attachments to his guys.

Come to think of it, I think the Vikings have made at least one trade with every team but the Raiders and Heatwave (and Gladiators?) - correct me if I am wrong though.


Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I am rather proactive. Most of my trades have been self-initiated. I scour the league for team's who could use what I am willing to part with and begin there. I try to present some logic behind the moves I suggest, though Racki is a bender who think that's merely posturing. I typically begin separate talks with a number of teams regarding similar players or deals which complicates things a bit. Also, I am stubborn. It will be different once my team erodes and I have to really rebuild though.

 

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Stay tuned! Once we get Racki's hamster wheel powered up enough there will be more to come in the FHL! We believe!