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FHL Playoff schedule

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-02-24 00:54:04

 

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 2018-02-17 23:36:57

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

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 08:03:12

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 12:23:28 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-01-10 12:25:43)

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!



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part Tdizzy, and Ktown

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-31 01:09:24

TDIZZY'S DEVILS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?

Patrick Kane and Mike Smith.
Kane has been my No.1 guy since I took over the franchise and will look for him to remain a formidable player alongside Connor McDavid.
Mike Smith is something that is most desirable in this league, a good starting goalie. I’ve stuck through with him through all his low times in Arizona and hope that a change of scenery to Calgary gets him back to a productive goaltender

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?
Sitting in the last playoff spot (or on the outside looking in), I would be willing to move a defenseman to help bolster my weak forward units. Forward depth has been an issue again this year.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Martin Jones. Although at the time, it didn’t look desirable when I traded a good Ben Scrivens for him. But it’s worked out well since 8)

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
Wow where do I even begin? Probably the ones that stand out the most are the trades that sent out John Tavares and Filip Forsberg.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I notice most GMs like “talented young prospects” and would rather have that as opposed to “high salaried established players”. Guess this is a young mans game after all....
My trades are rare like Nathan Walker... Racki is a close friend so we may swing a minor deal now and then to help each other out ;D

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
My weakness is my lineup. Not enough of the aforementioned “talented young prospects” to move out. Also dealing from a position of weakness (ie. My players are underperforming or making too much money) hinders attempts by me to establish any sort of trade talk.
Strengths? Well I do try to have a concerted effort to make sure the other GM gets fair value...and I do try to sell the trade as best as possible!

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
I wish everyone well the rest of the season! I know trades are hard to do.. but it’s exciting when it happens! See you in the playoffs! Go Oilers

 

KTOWN'S HEATWAVE

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Tyler Seguin
Steven Stamkos
Tyson Barrie
Luke Schenn

Seguin and Stamkos are exactly what I expected. Elite players, and nobody has offered even close to fair value when making trade offers.

My favorite to date is still when a guy offered to trade me Taylor Hall for Seguin, Kane and Ladi Smid... Um... no...

Second favorite was an offer of picks and 3rd liners when Stamkos was injured. You know, to help me out... yeah...

I drafted Barrie after watching him in Kelowna, and I figured if he could get past his size, he'd be a good defenceman. I'll admit, I didn't expect him to be as good as he is, but I'm happy about it.

Schenn is just cheap.

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 sure to nobody's chagrin, the Heatwave have fallen from the ranks of Championship threat. There are holes, and weaknesses, but we'll see if next year's format change helps.
In that regard, just about everybody is up for grabs, save for some key pieces. I'd be willing to move a lot of guys depending on the value back.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
I think in the first season, I made a clear decision to win first. There were a lot of good trades that made that happen. Getting Niemi, Jimmy Howard, and Dustin Brown were big pieces of that. I'd say I'm happiest about those.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
I regret not paying attention to when Kane was coming back from injury, and losing him to waivers.

In a weird way, I almost regret taking Giroux off Chucker for a pick. He was desperate to move him, and thought I'd have better luck in trades. It was a genuine fleecing, but I wasn't the one to make the offer. Looking back, I probably owe Chucker a drink or 18 if I ever meet him in person.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Whoo boy. I'm just as guilty, but there are some crazy valuations of players going on. I know there are guys on my squad I have a sentimental attachment to that makes me overvalue them, but I've had some doozy conversations with some guys about trades. Cap hits make .5ppg players worth more than 1+ppg players, and that just doesn't make for good trades.

Some guys are great to deal with, and I've had great negotiations with them. Some work, some don't, but I've enjoyed the conversations. I'd say that I've enjoyed working with the Arcadians, Bombers, Lakers, Mustangs and Rhinos the most.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I used to be way better. I had my spreadsheets, and I had key values on just about any player. It was pretty easy to negotiate when I had more than an inkling on what a player could be worth. Now, I've had less time to pay attention to my sheets, and I think I've made some boneheaded moves.

I think for the most part, I have a decent set of assets so I try to make fair offers and work from there. In some cases - like the recent Arcadians transaction - I'll end up going through multiple different players and combinations to get something I think will work.
Ultimately, my weakness may be that if I get a stupidly insulting offer, I won't even bother negotiating. Maybe some guys are waiting for a counter, but at that point, it's not worth my limited time.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Those of you I've traded with, I've enjoyed. Those of you I haven't, either we never had the chance, or just didn't see eye-to-eye. Either way, I've had fun with this league, and I'm looking forward to many more fun seasons. If nothing else, this league makes me pay attention to more than just a limited Oilers corner of the league.